August 25, 2019

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

The readings for today:

Isaiah 66:18-23

Hebrews 12:4-24

Luke 13:22-30

The Sermon Transcript from August 25, 2019:

Our text this morning is the Old Testament reading in Isaiah 66, going back to verse 22: "For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the Lord, so shall your offspring and your name remain." This is our text. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

There is this kind of ancient story, maybe you have heard of: 'The Odyssey'. It is a companion piece to 'The Illiad', which was the great Greek war with Helen of Troy's business, and all of that. The Odyssey is about Odysseus trying to get home after that war. One of the things he has to do is run through the pass of Mecina, which is kind of between Cicily and Italy. The problem is, there were some problems that were stuck in that strait that caused him many issues. Now, you've heard of this before. Obviously, you've heard of this before with Cilla and Sheryptus, right..? Ok, nobody does Greek mythology? (Where's Ethan when I need him?) All right, so... No, that's ok, I knew you didn't know this. That's ok, though. Cilla and Sheryptus. Cilla is a monster, and Sheryptus, as it turns out, is another monster, and they're on both sides of this pass, trying to eat the ships that go through there. Now, the reason that you might be familiar with this problem is sometimes Cilla is characterized as a big rock, like a mountain sticking out of the water with a big swirl around it, which we would call a whirlpool, and Cilla and Sheryptus are characterized like that: "Between a rock and a whirlpool," which is a little uncomfortable if you're trying to get through there. Now, in more personal terms, you would've heard this as "Between a rock and a hard place" or "Out of the frying pan, into the fire" or a "Catch 22" or... Well, basically you understand the problem.