A sermon preached by The Reverend Michael Anderson Bullock
at St. Philip’s, Easthampton, Massachusetts,
on 27 January 2019 [Epiphany 3]:
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21Good News

To this point, a lot has happened in Jesus’ life.  Emerging suddenly from three decades of historical obscurity, Jesus comes to John the Baptist for what is described as a baptism of “repentance.”  As proclaimed “Son of God,” and “sinless,” the question is: What was Jesus doing receiving a baptism of “repentance”?

“Repentance,” a much-distorted (and therefore, misleading) term among us, means to “turn around,” as in to “turn around” in order to see God and, in that new insight, change the way we think and live.  Jesus comes to the baptism of John, not because he needs cleansing, but in order to embrace the reality of our lives and what is needed for wholeness and health.  For in embracing our life fully, Jesus’ life and ministry reflect and offer what God aches for us to have.

So it is that Read More