Sermons by Rana Khan
This familiar story, which is told only in the gospel of John, is the third of the Epiphany themes and follows on from the visit of the Magi and the baptism of Jesus. It is the first revelation of who Jesus is to the ordinary people Israel, in his home town.
Looking at the baptism of Jesus himself helps us to understand what our own baptism is about – not a box-ticking event but a call to action.
There is a recurring theme in the Old Testament of God providing for childless women and removing what was a huge stigma in ancient times. In Mary’s case, the provision of a child when she was still unmarried had quite the opposite effect and, willing as she was to do God’s will, she went to her cousin Elizabeth to seek counsel.
John was a prophet, bringing a message that was often unpopular, but preparing the people for the coming of their Messiah.
James and John ask Jesus whether they can sit at his right and left hand in his kingdom, and he responds by asking ‘can you drink the cup I drink?’ Such a simple question, like the questions that are asked at baptism, yet revealing that accepting Jesus is not to accept the easy path through life.
This morning’s readings, from Amos chapter 5, calls on Israel to act justly, and Jesus talks about the difficulties of the rich young man. Rana looks at these readings from three angles: A call to review your theology A call to challenge our economic systems A call to transform yourself
With two candidates for baptism today, Rana looks at what we mean by a sacrament – an outward sign of an inward blessing.
On the way to Capernaum the disciples argue amongst themselves about which of them is the greatest. Rana looks at the place greatness and ambition have in life today.
Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
Jesus as the bread of life is a well known phrase. Here Rana explores some of the themes of sharing and justice associated with it, and how Jesus is just as essential to us as the very food we eat.
Amos brought God’s word, his call for justice and equality, to the kingdom of Israel. But they were a kingdom with wealth, influence and military might and they did not listen.
Mark’s gospel tells of the disciples trying to send away children being brought to Jesus, and Jesus reminding them that the Kingdom of God belongs to children such as these.