St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church
Sunday, June 10, 2018
The Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 5B)
First Lesson: Genesis
Second Lesson: Hebrews 12:1-2
Gospel: Matthew 25:31-40
Now, O Lord, take my lips and speak with them. Take our minds and think through them. Take our hearts and set them on fire for your Gospel. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Several years ago, there was a story in the news about a new trend floating around on the Internet. You might’ve heard about it at the time. It was called the “Blasphemy Challenge.” Did you ever hear about this? The “Blasphemy Challenge” encouraged atheists and other non-believers to record videos of themselves denying the existence of the Holy Sprit and uploading them to YouTube for the whole world to see. When I first heard about it, I was curious to hear what people were saying in their videos. So, I went online and watched some.
To be honest, they were really hard to sit through. They made me uncomfortable.
I was struck by how much pain and suffering the people in these videos must have had to take time out of their busy lives to tell the whole world that they renounced God and the Holy Spirit. Continue reading