Cycle B Gospel Text Sermons for Pentecost Middle Third
There is a scripture text that I would commend to all of us. It is a prayer that goes like this: "O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise" (Psalm 51:15). Why don't you say it with me? That's a line from Psalm 51 and it is a pretty good theme for today.
In the high desert of New Mexico, there is a monastery at the end of a one-lane road. It is about two and a half hours past the last suburb. There are no power lines, no cell phone coverage, and no internet access. Just 35 people trying to live the Christian life in a Benedictine community.
I am so happy to see you this morning. How are you? (children may respond)
Let's play a game I call “Lost and Found.” Okay? (children respond)
(presenter role plays) Uh, oh, I lost something for today's message. Hmm, I wonder where it could be. It's a box like this. (shows approximate dimensions) (instruct the children to look around the immediate area) (then presenter or child finds it)
Since the Fourth Sunday in Lent has been historically identified as Laetare (Rejoicing Sunday), it is most appropriate that the lessons collectively testify to a theme for which we can rejoice — God saves us by his grace!
In this familiar and well-loved story of the Prodigal Son, I often wonder what happened to the mother of the family. She's totally ignored. So are any daughters. It seems like a completely male stronghold. So much so that I wonder whether perhaps the mother had died some years previously, and that was the cause of much of the unhappiness displayed by both the father and the sons. Or whether the father was such a domineering character that his wife played no real part in family life, but simply bowed her head in compliance with all his wishes, no matter how extreme they were.