... or sermon-finishing, or sermon-wrestling.
At St. Mary's House we are already using the Revised Common Lectionary (which the Episcopal Church everywhere will formally begin using this coming Advent) and this Sunday there is a choice of readings from the Hebrew Bible: Jeremiah 31:27-34 or Genesis 32:22-31. Both are very rich. I picked the Genesis one, of Jacob wrestling with the stranger, sometimes known as an angel and thought by many interpreters to be G*d. The painting above, by Marc Chagall, has hung in my dwelling (beginning with my dorm room in college) everywhere I have lived. Interestingly, when I was looking for reproductions of it on the Web, I found it, among other places, on a blog about the writing life.
The Psalm appointed for the day with the Genesis reading also happens to be one of my favorites, Psalm 121.
And then there's Timothy on the matter of scripture, sound doctrine, itching ears, and persistence.
The Gospel, of course, is a powerful one: the story of the widow and the unjust judge. I will begin with that story.
I worked on the sermon in the mountains, but now it is working on me. Stay tuned.