The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life

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A taxing question

On 22 October Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 96Isaiah 45:1-7, Matthew 22:15-22.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, or so the saying goes. If today’s Gospel passage is anything to go by, those in authority in Jerusalem were getting rather desperate. Jesus was growing into a more obvious threat to their peace of mind. After riding into Jerusalem in triumph to the acclaim of the crowds, Jesus had cleared the Temple of the traders there. The challenge of the priests had had no effect. Even worse, when Jesus was in the Temple the next day he had humiliated the chief priests and leaders by leaving them unable to decide how to answer him when he asked if John the Baptist was sent from God. Jesus went on to tell parables which were obviously directed at the leaders. It’s easy to understand why the leaders of the Jews were becoming more and more angry and desperate to get rid of Jesus. Continue reading