Here is question for you: What does Christian discipleship smell like? We spend more time thinking about what following Jesus looks like or sounds like, maybe what it feels like, and maybe even what it tastes like. We rarely, if ever, consider what discipleship, what walking in the way of Christ, smells like. Some of us might say it smells like a potluck feast where all are welcome and no one goes hungry. Some of us might say it smells like a dusty road where we are called to wander in search of fellow pilgrims. On happy days, discipleship might smell like Easter lilies or Christmas greenery. There are lots of possibilities. I think, though, that the smell of discipleship is something that wakes us up, that surprises us. It is a powerful aroma that opens our spiritual nostrils to breathe in the Holy Spirit.
Sermon preached at St. Mary’s Catholic Church for the Micah Ministries Ecumenical Lenten service: Wednesday, February 24, 2016, by the Rev. Joseph H. Hensley, Jr. Good day to you all. Thank you to St. Mary’s for hosting this community Lent prayer service. It is good to be here. Something we have been doing at St. […]
From the The Rev. Joseph H. Hensley, Jr., Rector, St. George’s Episcopal Church Fredericksburg, VA | Epiphany III Year C, Jan. 24, 2016 A notable Sunday in that a near-blizzard dumped at least 14″ of snow on Fredericksburg Jesus opens the scroll of the prophet Isaiah and reads these words: “The Spirit of the Lord […]
Samaria accepted the word of God. And they received the Holy Spirit. Peace and wholeness and an end to centuries of division is possible, says the scripture. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my son, the Beloved, with you I am well pleased.”
Hear again these words of the angel of the Lord, spoken to the shepherds, watching their flocks by night: “Do not be afraid; for see, I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.”