2018 Convention Eucharist. Sermon
God’s creation from every race and status were gathered. This is the universal church. We were rejoicing and praying together. Only the heart can comprehend. The tears flowed. I held you present. I was one with them, and they were one with you. I prayed for you, my beloved diocese. I prayed for the words to say at this convention.
I want the heart. I asked aloud - really Lord? I turned, and a ray of light illuminated a pendulum.
A blessed opportunity.
To move from our heads into our hearts.
Being called to the heart of Jesus is our collective call to holiness.
We often miss the meaning of the Gospel by 18 inches - from the head to the heart. Hold the Holy Mystery. Let’s reclaim reverence. Prayer, forgiveness, hope, grace, trust, community - love; things only the heart can comprehend. This is what differentiates us from every other institution out in the world.
We hold the only message that can give people what their hearts need most, which is hope.
As part of continuing diocesan journey of “remembering” ourselves as the Body of Christ, we must strengthen our bonds to one another. We cannot serve, forgive, reconcile, heal, and love the world unless we do so with one another. If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it. Let us continue to walk the path of reconciliation and heal. Let us into love.
I leave you with this imagery described in a reflection (1): If you place two heart cells from different people in a Petrie dish, they will find time and maintain a third and common beat.
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