A Year of Hope

Sermon by Rev. Diane Rollert, 4 January 2015

You’ve probably heard the story of Pandora’s box, which was really Pandora’s jar.  What a complicated mess, this Greek myth, which has several versions.  It all starts with fire, an appropriate place to begin on this day of our fire communion.  First Zeus, the ruler of all gods, becomes angry at humans.  Who knows why?  They are all men at the time.  He takes away their ability to use fire so that they can’t cook or warm themselves.   So, Prometheus, a mortal man and a trickster, manages to steal fire back from the gods.  Zeus famously punishes Prometheus by chaining him to a rock.  Then he decides that it really isn’t fair to leave poor Prometheus alone in his punishment.  Prometheus’ brother, Epimetheus, whom we all seem to have forgotten about, must be punished too.

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