The Rev. Jessie Gutgsell Preached at the service of Morning Prayer on the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
A few weeks ago, I looked out the window and saw sleet coming down from the sky. What month are we in? I asked myself. What day is it? For a moment I genuinely didn’t know. Was it March? Was it May? Was it still 2020 or were we in 2021?
In seminary I took an intensive course called Leadership in an Age of Crisis. Little did I know how useful that class would be in my ministry. In the five years I’ve been a priest, I’ve seen wave after wave of crisis. And that’s exactly what the teacher said would happen: “Crisis is here to stay. It’s not going anywhere…What we have to do now is learn how to live in a broken world without being broken by it.”
I heard a parable recently, not from Jesus but from Buddha. It’s a timely one, especially considering what we just heard in our Old Testament reading about fiery serpents.