Delivered at St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church, Huntington Beach, CA on July 3, 2011

Zechariah 9:9-12
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

I have to admit; I really, really miss the beach.  Since I was ten years old, I’ve enjoyed looking out at the ocean at sunrise, when the morning breaks through last strains of the night. And as I thought about this experience, and our readings for today, I realized that the writings found in the bible are enormous and deep like the ocean, filled with the wealth of thought, ideas, stories, lessons, and deep ambiguities.

If we take into account the matrix surrounding today’s gospel reading, we become aware that Matthew is talking about something more than a comparison of John the Baptist and Jesus. There is more going over and above John’s message saying that the Kingdom is coming, and Jesus claiming that the Kingdom has come. In fact, we really have four kingdoms in tension with one another! Read More