I am thrilled to sit here writing the preliminary piece to the resurrection of Morning Reflections at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. I am also so glad you, dear reader, are here with me reading what I hope will be a part of your ongoing spiritual formation. May the morning reflections, written by members of your …
In our Gospel this morning it is like Jesus already knows what our answer might be to the question, “What is a kingdom like?” His parable responds to the prompt. Jesus tells us, God’s kingdom cannot be bound by what we deem a kingdom on earth.
At Bexley Seabury, I will learn new and innovative ways to preside in a church without walls. I will foster a sense of curiosity, wonder, and presence. I will grow even deeper roots by enhancing my discipleship. These things will lead me, through ministry, to bear fruit which will transform the world.
From this acknowledgement and recognition, we are then moved to action, to activism. But activism does not come first. First, we are present, we witness, we acknowledge the human experience. We certainly do this by showing up physically. We also do this by writing and speaking to our showing up.
Our work is to meet each other, to be in relationship with each other, to listen to each other. What can we do in our own lives to truly see each other? To see where each other are hungry? To see where each other are hurting? To see where each other needs help? To see each other as being of equal worth to our self? To see each other in our full humanity?
During this Advent, as you prepare your homes and trees and gifts and cookies, also prepare your hearts. Make yourself ready. Jesus is going to be born. Keep awake because Jesus is going to change our lives and our world again.