Sermon for St Francis 4 October 2009

Here is the sermon preached yesterday for St Francis

That Gospel reading is our jumping off point this week because it was a jumping off point for St Francis himself. It was on hearing this gospel that his manner of life was changed. He heard it and believed it was a call directly to him and he acted on it.

I sometimes wonder whether saints are actually very nice people. People who get things done in the church often don’t seem to me to be the kind of person that I would want to spend much time with. Notwithstanding the fact that there is very much that is attractive about St Francis, I’m not so very sure that I would have enjoyed being his companion. Certainly, his capacity for taking the gospel literally might have tried my patience a little. [Read more…]