Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 28-FEB-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Lent 2 – In our dealings with one other we are called upon, again and again and again, to listen – but listening attentively, accurately and responsibily is a very difficult thing to do. We can often find ourselves listening with distraction, or listening with the aim of putting together a snappy response to gain ground in an unedifying argument. This sermon was based on two readings from Mark's gospel. In the first reading, Jesus was carefully telling his friends about the inevitable consequences of heading to Jerusalem; and although Peter was hearing with his ears, he was not listening or understanding. In the second gospel reading, Jesus was up on a mountain with Peter and two other disciples when a voice from the cloud told the disciples to listen to Jesus and take notice of what he said. Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force, and it demands our complete attention. Being listened to by another makes all the difference. We all have an inner critic telling us what we should and could be doing; and by practising spiritiual wisdom we can defend against that inner critic. Practise listening to the still small voice of wisdom, and acknowledge that we are in the presence of the God who is life. We are called to listen again, and again, and again.
Mark 8: 31-38; 9: 1-8

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