Sunday sermon on the most frequent Sunday Gospel lesson Luke 8:26-39
In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.
If you’ve paid attention throughout our liturgical year, there is one Sunday Gospel lesson that is read more than any other – that’s the Gospel we heard today; the Gospel about a demon-possessed man who lived in the tombs and about the pigs that drowned in the lake.
We hear this story on up to three Sundays a year (depending on how early or how late is the Pascha). So, out of 52 Sundays in a year, we get three Sundays dedicated to this story. There are memes made (as the kids on the internets say these days) every time this reading comes up. People joke about the “deviled ham” or all the bacon that Jesus is willing to sacrifice for us.
Sunday sermon on the Gospel lesson from Luke 16:19-31
In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, One God. Amen.
Looking at the rich man from today’s parable, we could say that he’s really got it. He had the best clothes, he had the best food, he had the best banquets, he probably even had some friends who really enjoyed the things he was providing for them.
By many different standards, especially by the standards of our time, he was living the life. By our standards, he was a really progressive and progressing man. Deep down in our hearts, there isn’t one person here today who wouldn’t want the kind of life the rich man had.