This sermon was given by The Rev. Michael Spencer on the occasion of the Feast of St. Francis on the annual OES Sunday at The Episcopal Parish of St. John the Baptist.
As the words from the gospel remind us, God’s yoke is easy, and the burden light. Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis, who discovered that liberation comes from being yoked/connected to God. Francis lived in the early 13th century and founded a monastic order devoted to the service of others. I love St. Francis for many reasons. He was an ordained Deacon who exemplified a commitment to service in the world. This was not always the case.