Some Are Guilty, But All Are Responsible

Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 24

Psalm 24

1 The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; 2 for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.

3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false, and do not swear deceitfully. 5 They will receive blessing from the Lord, and vindication from the God of their salvation. 6 Such is the company of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

7 Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in. 8 Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.

Sermon

Good morning! My heart is still heavy from the shootings in Pittsburgh last week, as well as the murders of two African Americans in Kentucky. My heart breaks for all of those who were murdered in these attacks, as well as the loved ones and friends who mourn their passing. I cannot imagine the depth of their grief.

I can’t begin to fathom the hatred that lies in the hearts of these shooters.

I know that none of you pulled those triggers, nor did any of you encourage any of these heinous acts, but we all have a responsibility in these troubled times.

The sad truth is, we grow numb to these tragedies. If this hadn’t happened in my hometown, I don’t know if this would be at the front of my mind. I would love to set this aside and give you a happy sermon for All Saints’ Day. But I can’t. Rabbi