July 9, 2023

A33: The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A (2023)

Phillip Martin

“But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another…” begins today’s passage from Matthew 11:16-19 and 25-30. Rev. Phillip Martin, pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Richmond, Virginia, reminds us that this generational comparison is alive and well today. He says, “Choose your topic…sacred or secular, and it seems like so many opinions of what’s right and what’s good fall right along generational lines…We know that new is not necessarily improved…and traditional may not always mean wiser. But the debates rage on, and from this morning’s gospel lesson we see that Jesus is no stranger, either, to the friction that occurs when generations of human beings set their habits and expectations up against one another.” Sometimes it is hard to get our “head around a new way of seeing God act and move in the world.” Listen as Martin explains how Jesus bridges the generational gap and shows us new ways for God to act and move in the world.

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