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Showing posts from September 30, 2015

"Who am I to Judge?"

or, Does Pope Francis’ non-judgmental attitude cause him to smile, or does his smile cause him to have a non-judgmental attitude? A sermon preached at The Falls Church Episcopal, Falls Church Virginia September 27, 2015 (Proper 21B) The Rev. John Ohmer, Rector Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 Mark 9:38-50 If you’ve come here -- to this Episcopal church -- knowing we are not Roman Catholic, and thinking that you might get a break from what seems like 24/7 coverage of Pope Francis – well, sorry to disappoint you, you’ll have to wait a little longer. Because I want to add my voice to those who are praising him. Thanking God for him. The current Pope is one of those rare people in life who motivate you to change your behavior without once telling you to do so. Have you ever noticed that? – that the people who have the most influence on you are the ones who aren’t trying to change you? – that, ironically, the people who change us the most are the ones not trying to