This coming Sunday I will be giving the sermon at the United Church in Steinbach. I will be looking at two saints of the church who share a first name- Thomas Aquinas and Thomas More. Thus the title of my talk and this blog post- Thomas Times Two. The reason I’ve chosen that title is because I have to speak the following Sunday in my Winnipeg church and that’s the topic they gave me. I wanted to use the same sermon in both churches. Each Sunday in summer our congregation Bethel Mennonite is looking at the lives of two saints and examining what we can learn from them for our own lives.
I won’t give away too much of my talk just in case you are planning on hearing it at either location, but I will tell you I’ve learned lots of interesting stuff about both Thomas Aquinas and Thomas More as I’ve researched their lives. Like the fact Thomas Aquinas was a gifted musician as well as a famous thinker and writer. And that fact that Thomas More aside from serving as an advisor to King Henry VIII, loved animals and lived with a house full of interesting creatures.
I didn’t know Thomas Aquinas was best friends with Saint Bonaventure or that Thomas More has more than a hundred educational institutions named after him. I also gleaned plenty of good life advice from the two men named Thomas.
I do wish at least one of the saints I had been assigned to speak about was a woman. They are sadly neglected in the church’s catalogue of saints, but I have learned a whole lot as I have studied two men who lived the most interesting of lives, one in Italy and the other in England almost two centuries apart.