Something’s Afoot

**As the Father sent Me, so I am sending you** (John 20:21).

Matthew 10:8
Acts 2:1-11; Psalms 104:1-2,4,29-31,34; I Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13; John 20:19-23

Sermon Week/Year

Pentecost Sunday,

Sermon Topic


The following “Notice,” directed to the women of the parish, appeared in a Church Sunday Bulletin:

Plans are afoot
for a ladies night
“White Elephant” Party.

Those who come are asked
to bring something she can’t
find any use for, yet
omething that’s too good to throw away.

“What are you going to bring,” one woman asked another. “My husband,” the woman replied.

There are two possible answers to the question of life’s meaning and purpose.

The first is that which is grimly described in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” for whom life was …
A tale told by an idiot,
full of sound and fury,
ignifying nothing.

The other is that which is optimistically expressed by a famous anthropologist of religion 1 who said,

“Something is afoot in the Universe.”

There is no middle ground. Either something is afoot or life is absurd. Either God’s Plan of creation is unfolding or chaos abounds. Either we’re too good to be…

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