A sermon for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost
There is a story we tell ourselves here in America. They may tell it elsewhere, I don’t know: this is where I live. It is the story of the self-made man or woman; that person who, out of nothing, is able to make greatness; out of nothing, become wildly successful, or rich beyond imagination, or more famous than anyone else. Out of nothing but their own fortitude and strength and virtue, nothing but their own wit and wisdom and intelligence, they are able to build greatness.