We are called to go out, but we are called to go out bearing gifts and with an openness to receive the gifts of others.
Jesus weeps, and his tears become a human expression of God's divine intention to enter our pain and confusion and to love us to life again and again because God is at God’s heart a God of life.
When we try to go it alone, when we make the sum-total of our spirituality about our own personal salvation, when we forget our radical, waterborne connection with one another we miss the whole point of Christianity altogether.
The healing wind of God blows wherever truth is spoken - whether in 14-minute sermons of 140 character tweets.
When we serve those are hurting or broken or hurting, we don’t do it to show off how wonderful we are. Rather, we reveal to depth to which we too are in need of healing.
That’s why Easter needs Lent, because we need perspective... because we spend our lives journeying between these two spaces and we need to know that G-d is there with us.
The blessing of G-d has nothing to do with how little or how much you have. You are blessed by association, blessed by proximity to a G-d who chooses to be known among us, to call us into a family, that through us the world around us might be drawn into a close-encounter of the G-d kind.
This painstakingly slow process of conversion is the Gospel’s way of knocking the harsh, jagged corners off of our world and off of each of our hearts and both reveal their original light and goodness – the imago Dei, the image of G-d.
Baptism is, at its heart, a sacrament of compassion and radical connectivity to those whom we will never meet or whose experiences we will never know, but whose living is inextricably tied to our own. In Baptism we are made one – here and now.
[Sermon delivered on Sunday, December 27, 2015 (Christmas I) at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer – Greensboro, NC by the Rev’d. Fr. Marcus G. Halley] But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will … Continue reading Sermon: In Love, For Love