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Sermon for May 30, 2021 ++++++ Last week we heard of a mass-casualty shooting in San Jose, California. News sources say gun violence has increased during the pandemic. The shooter in this case hated his workplace and apparently targeted the nine men he murdered before killing himself. As investigators searched for motive, they also found derogatory racial comments on his computer. How do we respond to such hatred? The governor of California said, “There is something wrong with this country”; and then continued, “There is something wrong with us.” The governor’s comment reminded me of what Isaiah the prophet said in the first reading this morning: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips.” Reading a little background Isaiah served as a prophet for a long period of time, well over 40 years. He had dealings with four kings during that time span. We read that in the year that King Uzziah died, Isaiah had a powerful vision. He saw the King of kings, the Lord Almighty. Well, at least Isaiah saw a portion of the Almighty. The vision’s location was the Temple in Jerusalem and just the hem of God’s robe filled the whole Temple. The very size would indicate great power. Strange creatures called seraphs were in attendance. These are not cute and cuddly angelic figures. They fly around with six wings, and the very name means fiery. On top of that the study Bible says they were snake-like in shape. This is not a comforting vision. The seraphs continually say “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” The effect of such a vision is not to picture God as a kind, grandfatherly...Find out more »