Quote of the week

21 07 2008

Now THIS is a sermon … Taken from the Bishop of Colombo’s sermon from the opening Eucharist of the Lambeth  Conference, emphasis mine. You can read the whole thing here

It is indeed a true saying that God gives the Church an agenda out of the crises of the world.  And so my dear sisters and brothers in Christ, the Anglican Communion must always give the highest priority to our invitation from Christ to participate Christ in transforming God’s world.  To bring healing, peace, justice, reconciliation, abundant life, where there is oppression, where there is hostility, where there is strife and division.  … God has called us and placed us in God’s world so that we might participate with him in bringing this transformation.

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I would like to draw your attention to the parable that was read as the Gospel:  the words of the master were wise words.  Let them grow together.

There can and there must be no uprooting, simply because if we attempt this game of uprooting the unrighteous then, my dear sisters and brothers, none of us will remain.  We are all a mix of the wheat and the weeds. The wisdom of these words suggest that we stay together because we draw from a common soil, a common tradition, a common heritage.  We are what we are regardless of our differences, because of our common life together and our origins.  Transformation comes in this interaction, and transformation must come from within.

And all of God’s people said … AMEN!

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4 responses

21 07 2008
jay

And yet, this conference excluded one of God’s anointed. I hope the others were listening.

21 07 2008
Reverend boy

Jay, I think we are all hoping that. The lectionary for this year is very appropriate for what’s going on over there.

22 07 2008
Doorman-Priest

Amen indeed!

22 07 2008
John-Julian, OJN

And a second, doubled “Amen”!

I often think that (at least in my experience) the lectionary can sometimes be something like the 8th Sacrament! I’ve had more than one “WHAP” at the side of the head from the Readings at Office!

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