The unconditional love of our animal companions helps us to ease our troubled times. And when we're left even without our faithful pets, Jesus Christ can relieve us of all of our burdens.
Please listen to the sermon rather than read it. The text is included for your convenience, but it is not entirely like the delivered version, which includes nuances that can't be read.
Sermon delivered at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Berkeley.
October 4, 2015 - St. Francis of Assisi Sunday.
"Faithful Companion". Text is from Matthew 11:25-30
Greetings to you, my sister and brothers, saints and sinners, children of God. As we arrive at today's reading, Jesus had been talking about how the children of Israel rejected John, and they subsequently rejected Jesus, saying that John had a demon for being an ascetic and that Jesus was a drunkard and glutton for eating with sinners and tax collectors.
When we look these sayings here at this point in Jesus ministry, we have to remember that the context of Jesus' pronouncements, particularly in Matthew's gospel, are such that they are said after Jesus has done some pretty unsettling and remarkable feats.