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Proper 13 C 2013

Proper 13 C 2013

Sermon by Stuart PikePhoto Credit: Sandy DarlingSermon Text:Today’s Gospel lesson marks a pivotal change in the Gospel of Luke. Up until now Jesus has been teaching and healing and performing miracles. His fame has grown and he has developed quite a reputation. One commentator I heard says that if this Gospel were cinematic, at this point in the film, the rooster on top of the barn would change direction.From now on, Jesus is facing a new direction. Luke’s code language is telling: “he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” It doesn’t just mean he’s heading to the big city, it means all that will happen when he has gone there for the last time. It means he is heading for his long journey of self-sacrifice – even to the point of death, and beyond. It means he has accepted what he has to do, and he is choosing this difficult path.Many of the stories up until now have been stories that we get in other Gospels. They might have a different take, a different emphasis, but we can recognize them. N