Why Prophets Have Short Lives

Scripture reading (Luke 4:21-30) and sermon “Why Prophets Have Short Lives” from February 3, 2013: Fourth Sunday after Epiphany.

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A note about this sermon: right at the end, I forgot the stanza of Katharine Lee Bates’ original poem that I had meant to quote, so I covered up by conflating a couple of other verses there. The one I meant to quote was this:

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
Till nobler men keep once again
Thy whiter jubilee!

Maybe I forgot it because I was actually sort of conflicted about using it. The jubilee reference fit in well with the rest of the sermon, but the adjective “whiter” is unfortunate: it has a racist ring today, though I’m sure Bates was thinking of the alabaster cities, not of anything relating to skin color.

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