Urgency to Love
This Sunday's second reading (I Corinthians 9:16-23) is rather compelling. St. Paul, speaks to the Christian community in Corinth in 54, and to the Christian community at Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes in 2018, telling them and us of evangelization, that is, of sharing the Gospel, of sharing our Lord Himself, with others, drawing them into this unparalleled experience of divine love that will last forever.
...I am entrusted with a commission...and, I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.
We have each been entrusted with a commission, and are to become "all things to all people". What does this mean? Well, we are indwelt by God all-mighty and all-merciful. Indeed, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity (+1906), in addressing God, says, "It seems to me that I have found my heaven on earth, because my heaven is you, my God, and you are in my soul. You in me, and I in you - may this be my motto." Indwelt we are, and compelled we are to share this Presence, to allow God to work through us to touch those around us. For this to happen, however, we must choosethose around us, we must make ourselves available to those around us. We must show up. This we seek to do knowing that, if we do not, we will not fully share in the "blessings of the gospel", that is to say, something in our relationship with God will not flourish. This is not always easy, but it is possible, for it happens by the grace of God ("But for the grace of God, go I"; John Bradford +1555, English Reformer).
Do we choose? Do we approach and welcome our guests on Sunday? Do we say something kind to our annoying co-worker? Do we ask for the grace to forgive our spouse? Do we listen to our children? Do we smile at the cashier? Do we pray for our politicians? Do we reach out to the person we know is struggling and alone? Let us do so, let us choose, leaning on the Holy Spirit, for "nothing is impossible with God" (Luke 1:37).
Choosing with you,
From the desk of the Rector