So how are you and I called to be holy interrupters? To be Christ-like in that way for one another. The first thing to remember is that it’s not because we’re right, it’s because we feel a sense of compassion. So the first thing to do is really take time in our lives to feel the compassion within ourselves and others of the suffering of the world. There’s so much that it can be overwhelming sometimes and we might have to pick and choose where we’re really going to focus our attention. Then we find ways to listen for how the Spirit maybe calling us to interrupt, to disrupt a disaster. Maybe a minor disaster, maybe a major disaster. Maybe it’s as simple as when we feel ourselves going down that downward spiral of negativity, stopping ourselves. Or when we see a friend say, “Wait a minute, you’re right on schedule.”
How in God’s name do we live together? We have been pondering these words for the last several months. It has been the theme of our program year which began in September. Today, as we celebrate Trinity Sunday, it’s a good time to think specifically about the words, “in God’s name.” How in God’s name do we live together? When we live in God’s name, we are living in the name of the Trinity.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus prays to God in these words: “The glory you have given me, I have given them so that they may be one as we are one. I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one. I have given them glory, Jesus says, that they may be one, completely one. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find it hard to follow Jesus’ train of thought with all the talk about “I in them and you in me that they may be one as we are one.” There’s a similar verse written somewhere which says, “I am he, as you are he, as you are me and we are all together. I am the eggman. I am the walrus. Goo goo g’joob!” Oh right, that was the Beatles! But Jesus sounds like he’s on some kind of magical mystery tour when he prays this prayer that we would all be one as he is one with God.
It is a little strange that our Gospel reading today, the fifth Sunday in Easter, comes from the night before Jesus dies. Why have we gone backwards in the story to the last supper? Perhaps it is because now that we have witnessed Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can understand Jesus’ command to love more deeply. Jesus says he gives a “new” commandment, but there’s nothing new about love.
From the Rev. Joe Hensley, Rector, St. George’s Episcopal Church Fredericksburg, VA | Easter Sunday Year C March 27, 2016 Welcome happy morning! Happy Easter! Today we celebrate the resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ from the dead. It is the principal of principal feasts in our Christian calendar. It has been said that without Jesus […]