We are delighted to announce that beginning June 1, 2020, the Rev. Jane T. Brady-Close is now our full-time interim rector! Click here to learn more about Mother Jane.
Sermon from Mother Jane for October 25, 2020:
“Those who would trap Jesus are told by him what they need for life, for health, for wholeness, for salvation. They do not take it in, just as they do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah. For when you approach someone to test him or to trip her up, it probably means you have winning rather than listening and learning or the possibility for repentance or transformation in your heart. Of course, this is a danger visited upon us in election season – actually in this era in which our country has become so polarized. This desire to pounce, to diminish, to obliterate.
Jesus, asked to choose one commandment as the greatest, in his answer condenses the entire witness of the Hebrew scriptures—all the law and the prophets. He says, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” There is “an inseparability between these two commandments” even as each contains its own integrity. God is the ultimate focus for human life. To nurture it we need “prayer, public and private worship, the aggressive search for truth about God, and a serious wrestling with issues of faith.”1 Yet the second commandment helps keep us honest in the sight of God and in our relationships with others. It gives us a way for the love of God to find practical expression. Some of us can forget that loving neighbor first involves knowing and loving ourselves as beloved of God – more difficult to achieve for some than others because of the accidents of family and birth and sexual orientation in a society in which not everyone is regarded in the same light or treated in the same way...” This is just the beginning of this week’s sermon! Read the full sermon here: Oct 25 sermon