Holy Trinity Weekly
This Sunday will be the Twelfth Lord’s Day after Pentecost.
The Christian Almanac records that in mid August of 1301 Dante Alighieri fell out of favor with the rulers of his home town of Florence, Italy. Eventually being banished from home, he took up an exilic residence in Venice. And it was during this period in Dante’s life that he wrote “The Divine Comedy”. This allegorical epic traces Dante’s pilgrimage from the depths of Hades through Purgatory to the heights of highest Heaven. Written in high Italian meter, full of sweeping imagery and challenging themes, Dante presented the world with the story of history revealed as the story of a beautiful gospel. His work was historically startling, presenting his
contemporary world with a work in the vernacular as well as his careful attention to characterizations and human psychology.
If you have never had the privilege of wandering up through the labyrinthine trail of “The Divine Comedy”, I highly recommend that you do. For if nothing else, Dante shows us the world much more truly than most, a world with all of its ugliness and sin, all of its glory and joy, and all of it sovereignly ruled by the Love of its
The sermon text for this Sunday will be Mark 9. The lessons for the day will be 1 Kings 19:4-8, Ephesians 4:30-5:2, and John 6:41-51.