Associate Rector, Rebecca Tankersley Sermon by: The Rev. Rebecca Tankersley
Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration | Dallas, Texas
September 9, 2018
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 18


Feed People, Not Coats!

 “My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ?”

In the name of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.


Good morning. Today, we pick up where we left off last weekend: chapter 2 of the Letter of James.

Last week, James called us to “be doers of the word, not merely hearers.” We are hearers every week in worship, but if we leave worship and don’t respond to what we’ve heard through action, our faith, according to James, is “worthless.” Last week, James used a powerful illustration to make this point: “if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they’re like those who look at themselves in a mirror … and, ongoing away, immediately forget what they were like.” Fr. Casey used an ingenious illustration to drive home James’ point: the scene wherein Dumbledore cautions Harry Potter about the Mirror of Erised. “It does not do to dwell on dreams” – especially dreams about our faith – “and forget to live” that faith.

This week, James continues his effort to shape the first Christians into a “community of character” standing in “radical opposition” to the world which, by its actions and values, opposes the Kingdom of God.