Sermon; The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany: "That All Might Be Well"
Date: February 3, 2019
Liturgical Day: The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany; Year C
In this morning’s Gospel lesson, St. Luke tells us a story that includes three “characters.” In it we meet Jesus, a group of family and friends from his hometown, and a number of people living at some distance from Nazareth whose lives have been touched by God. The hometown group, excited to have Jesus worshipping with them, and interpreting the Scriptures for them, may have expected to find themselves at the center of their “favorite son’s” ministry. But Jesus helps them to see that his ministry will be for all people: insiders and outsiders; near and far. In Jesus is revealed God’s desire that all people be well — people near to us, and people far from us.