Breathe It In

As the Father sent Me, so I am sending you

John 20:21
Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1,24.29-31,34; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13; John 20:19-23

Sermon Week/Year

Pentecost Sunday, A

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

The first, a grim description in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” for whom life was …
A tale told by an idiot,
full of sound and fury,
signifying 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 thrown away, or we’re worthless — completely useless.

A distinguished member of the clergy was asked why he believed in God. He replied, “The fact is I believed in God before I knew the reasons. I know that I must breathe, and without air, I would die. But long before that, I just breathed.”

So, it is with Faith. “In the beginning,” reads the opening sentence in the Bible, “God created…

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