The Archbishop of Canterbury has preached a sermon now published at the opening eucharist of ACC. You can read the sermon here. It is a radical penetration deep into the meaning of God's ceaseless, causeless love for us. Excellent. But here we have our own penetrating analysis of an oddity about the sermon. For those of us who preached or heard preached Mark 10:46-52 yesterday, we will have been struck by the fact that the text of this sermon is John 15:17-end. A quick excursion to the lectionary reveals that this means the reading was part of the set prescribed for the celebration of St Simon and St Jude. But of St Simon and St Jude you will not read a word in the sermon. Which raises for me a question about preaching and the lectionary: if we are choosing to move from the mainstream of the lectionary (i.e. following the gospel for the year) should we make connection between the alt.readings and the reason for choosing them? After all, if we simply preach from (say) John instead of (say) Mark without such connection, are we implying that any gospel reading on any given Sunday will do? If we are, then, why follow the lectionary and not some other schema (such as, "This year, hmm, I think we will work our way through Matthew").
As a matter of fact, Mark 10:46-52 would have made a great reading for the beginning of ACC. As a local parish in Christchurch had it, the theme here is "Only those who see can follow." Can ACC see what the situation is for global Anglicanism in relation to who Jesus is?
By the way, the ABC is obviously a very human person and is as susceptible as any of us to having his photo taken with famous celebrities:
Some readers here will recognise that at least one of these young celebrities is the daughter of a non-celebrity blogger! Whatever the Youth Stewards are up to at ACC (quite a lot of work helping out), someone is taking lots of photos and this one is sourced courtesy of Facebook.