From Bishop David
I am framing these words on 1 November, otherwise known as The Feast of All Saints. It is the moment in time for the Life of the Church when we remember those who have gone before us, to give thanks for their lives, to consider their example, and to follow them.
And addition, this morning on The Today Show our Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry was interviewed regarding his new book The Power of Love. This book of “Sermons, Reflections, & Wisdom to Uplift & Inspire” also includes his Homily from the Royal Wedding.
And lastly, we are five days from 6 November, otherwise known as the Mid-Term Elections. I’ll come back to that in a moment.
I wanted to give this context because today’s Feast Day reminds us that from whence we have come and from whom we have come, certainly informs, even defines where and who we are at present, furthermore, sheds significant light on where and how we go from here.
Reflected in the lives of the Saints, those women and men who have gone before us, we see a common thread in the ways in which they lived. Their lives reflected Jesus. He was, remains and will continue to be the common thread. To frame this in the simplest yet most profound terms, their lives were characterized in the ways they embraced, expressed, exercised and engaged LOVE. The love reflected in their lives and about which I write was no more evident than in those moments when the Saints worked to ensure that everybody had enough. It was no more evident than when justice was extended to all. It was no more evident than when hope was accessible to everyone. And it was no more evident than when the voices, better said, the yearnings of those who lived on the margins and those who were far too often invisible, were acknowledged and heard.
The Saints worked at and in LOVE.
And this very work was evident in the ways in which they prayed. A few years ago, Pope Francis articulated the nature of this “work of prayer.”
He said: “We pray for the hungry.
We feed them.
And that’s how prayer works.”
We are called to reflect Jesus, to follow the example of the Saints, to give ourselves to this work of prayer, and to embrace, express, exercise and engage LOVE.
This call requires that we ensure that everybody has enough in our own day and in our own context. It requires that we, too, ensure that justice is extended to all. It requires that hope is accessible to everyone, here and now. And this call upon our lives requires that we acknowledge and hear all of God’s People and that means all without exception.
More often than not, this call means that we challenge and seek to amend the very systems which foster an environment where everyone doesn’t have enough, where justice isn’t extended to all, where hope isn’t accessible to everyone, and where far too many people are rarely acknowledged and heard.
Sisters and Brothers of The EDSJ, this is a call to follow Jesus. This is a call to follow the example of the Saints. This is a call to work at and in LOVE. This is a call to engage in the work of prayer. And this is a call to challenge and amend any system which works counter to the lives to which we are called, namely to follow Jesus as did the Saints before us. Voting is most definitely one of the ways we can live into and out that call.
And when we do this Sisters and Brothers, when truly and earnestly follow the life of Jesus, reflect the lives of the Saints then we live with the knowledge that in the end, LOVE WINS! So let’s help it along.