In this sermon (preached at Greenfield Community Church on July 26th), I explore the spiritual fruit of patience. It is a virtue with which I have little first hand acquaintance, so I had to do some research first.
As with all my sermons, there are several additional points that I would like to have discussed, but alas the sermon itself would not allow it. There were three points in particular that I would like to have addressed in a post-sermon debrief: (1) the biblical passages in which God is presented as acting impatiently, including Ex. 3, (2) the tension between the call to endure suffering without complaint and the need to fight injustice, (3) the disturbing anti-Semitism underlying Melito’s great homily on the incarnation.