The Rev'd Stephen C. Holton
Christ Church, New Haven, Conn.
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
October 14, 2018

In the gospel for the day we hear the story of the rich young man who calls Jesus “Good teacher.” Jesus responds, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.” The sermon calls into question the ontology of goodness and leads us instead to a reflection on the goodness of God and our own belovedness—to acknowledge that all of Creation, that all humans, are beloved of God—and asks us to consider how, then, we might love one another—and use all that we have, and all that we are, to love and serve God and God’s Creation.