Sermon: “Seeing With the Eyes of Amos”
31 July 2022
8th Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture: Amos 8:1-12
Synopsis: Once we begin to journey, a quest implies that we will see new things in new ways. Our first challenge to see in a different way is issued by the prophet Amos, and it’s a hard scripture to hear. God is asking the prophet Amos what he sees. Amos at first sees a basket of summer fruit, but God asks Amos, who then asks us, to look deeper. Amos is asking us to see what is underneath our wealth, our comfort, our excess. He’s asking us to see who is suffering, who is hurting, who is wasting away like the basket of summer fruit in our text. Yet, with God, our seeing is always undergirded with hope–hope that with God all things are possible; hope that there are possibilities and solutions, just as in the end, God promises to Amos restoration for Israel. This is a “roll up your sleeves and get to work” kind of invitation. From seeing to visioning, to questing for justice.