“I think this story [Jacob wrestling with God] is about prayer,” the Rev. Luis León said. “The most important thing to say about prayer is that words matter in prayer, but prayer is — first and foremost — a relationship. God attacks Jacob and Jacob will not let go. Through contention and wrestling with God, Jacob, and we, learn who we are.”
“Jacob was not a good guy, but if he is part of our ancestral family there is room for all of us,” said the Rev. Luis León at the 9:15 a.m. morning worship service in the Amphitheater Tuesday. His sermon title was “Dreaming, Belonging and Behaving” and the Scripture text was Genesis 28: 10-19a.
“It has always seemed unfair to me that we Christians read the story of the sacrifice of Isaac from a Christo-centric viewpoint. It is a Jewish story — not written for Christians. There is something in it that is beyond a Christo-centric message,” the Rev. Luis León said during his sermon, “Discerning Obedience” during the 9:15 a.m. morning worship service Monday.
“Walter Percy has said that there are messages of observation and messages of news,” said the Rev. Luis León during his sermon, “Speaking in Parables,” at that 10:45 a.m. morning worship service Sunday. “We know when they are messages of news because they matter deep down inside. Jesus presents us with a Gospel that matters existentially. It is great good news for people who are dying of thirst, famine or illness.”
As rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., the Rev. Luis Leon faces numerous challenges in his ministry.
“My wife and I were sitting at the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall in Denver, probably having a quesadilla and a beer, and there was a constant flow of traffic. We enjoyed the people watching. Susan said to me, ‘Watch the feet; you can tell who is homeless,’ ” said the Rev. Peter Marty at his 9:15 a.m. sermon, “My Feets Are Taking Me Somewhere!” at the morning worship service Friday.
“When we decide that we are creatures of the Lord, we allocate some of our words for praise. Worship is the practical name for this mouth-loosening activity. Sometimes, the words come out in song as we discover God beyond the debates, thinking and discussion; singing is the only sufficient outlet for praise,” said the Rev. Peter Marty at Thursday’s 9:15 a.m. morning worship service.
In “The Legend of Bagger Vance,” a film directed by Robert Redford in 2000, the caddy, Bagger (Will Smith), attempts to help the golfer he is working for in a tournament.
“The first feature of the human body found in Scripture is the nose. God breathes the fullness of life into Adam’s nostrils,” said the Rev. Peter W. Marty during his sermon, “Becoming the Aroma of Christ,” at the 9:15 a.m. morning worship service Tuesday.
“If we look at the New Testament with freshness, it rarely tells us what to do; it tells us what to see, what to notice, what to watch for,” said the Rev. Peter Marty at Monday’s 9:15 a.m. morning worship service. His sermon title was “The Eyes Have It” and his Scripture text was Luke 11:33-36.