The Mythology of Success — David Browder

mythologyofsuccessSermon for the Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity, November 9th, 2014, by the Rev’d David Browder.

David Browder is the Rector of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church and School in Houston, Texas.

Text: Isaiah 59:15

Truth is lacking,
    and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey

The Lord saw it, and it displeased him
    that there was no justice.
He saw that there was no man,
    and wondered that there was no one to intercede;
then his own arm brought him salvation,
    and his righteousness upheld him.
He put on righteousness as a breastplate,
    and a helmet of salvation on his head;
he put on garments of vengeance for clothing,
    and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak.
According to their deeds, so will he repay,
    wrath to his adversaries, repayment to his enemies;
    to the coastlands he will render repayment.
So they shall fear the name of the Lord from the west,
    and his glory from the rising of the sun;
for he will come like a rushing stream,
    which the wind of the Lord drives.
“And a Redeemer will come to Zion,
    to those in Jacob who turn from transgression,” declares the Lord.

“And as for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children’s offspring,” says the Lord, “from this time forth and for evermore.”