Sermon by The Rt. Rev. Brian Lee Cole
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Podcasting from The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Knoxville, Tennessee, this is Ascensioncast, Ascension’s radio source of news and inspiration, and I am your host, Andrew Morehead, Associate Music Director and Communications Coordinator.
In this episode we will hear a sermon by The Right Reverend Brian Cole, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee. Bishop Brian visited Ascension on June 3rd for his annual visit to celebrate a baptism as well as confirmations for the newest class of confirmands.
We’ll first hear the gospel appointed for the day followed by the sermon.
The Gospel: Mark 2:23-3:6
One sabbath Jesus and his disciples were going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.” Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.