Jubilate Homily 2009

Pastor M. Beecroft, 05/03/2009

In our epistle lesson, St. Peter uses a pair of interesting words to describe the Christian. He calls us “sojourners” and “exiles.” A “sojourner” is a temporary resident; a person not permanently attached to a place. An “exile” is a person who is outside of their native land; one who is separated from their country or home. In other words, the Christian has no country of their own on this earth; they are simply temporary residents. They are separated from their true country. They are sojourners in the land, in every land, and possess no real home in this world. I suspect this reality was easier for the first hearers of St. Peter’s letter to understand than it is for us. …

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