The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (A)
“The Would-ah, Could-ah, Should-ah vs the Done and Done”
September 3, 2017
Sermon Text: Matthew 16:21-28
Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Dearly Beloved of the Lord,
So, what is up with the title of this sermon? I wasn’t going for my longest to date (although it may very well be).
It incorporates two phrases that one may hear now and then. The first is “wouldah, couldah, shouldah” referring to any time that we would have done something, could have done something, should have done something, but what? We didn’t do it. I am sure any one of us can look back on our lives and recall certain times when we “wouldah, couldah, shouldah” … but didn’t. And there may be more than just a few regrets attached to them.
The other phrase is just a simple way of proclaiming, making it known, that we have accomplished something, finished something, as we emphatically say, “Done and done!”
In many ways, all of the “wouldah, couldah, shouldah’s” in our life stand juxtaposed to the “done and done’s.” It is like taking a piece a paper, making two columns and on one side adding up in our life all of the “Didn’t’s” and on the other, all of the “Did’s.”