Sermon, Proper 8, Year A 2023
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18, Romans 6: 12-23, Matthew 10:40-42
In a Native American legend recorded for You Tube by the Anasazi Foundation, a grandparent tells his grandchild about two wolves who are at war. The grandparent describes the two wolves.
One is a bad wolf full of anger, envy, jealousy, regret, resentment, judgement, bitterness, hate, spite, cruelty, greed, self-pity, guilt, inferiority, lies, false pride, and ego.
The other wolf, the good wolf, is full of peace, joy, hope, love, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence and generosity, empathy, truth, compassion, self-control, and faith.
The grandparent places his hand on his grandchild’s shoulder. “These two wolves are at war inside of me, and also inside of you, and every man, woman and child who walks this earth.”
The grandchild thinks for a moment and then asks the grandparent, “Which wolf will win?”
The grandparent replies, “The one you feed.”