I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the
pearl of great price, the one field that had treasure in it. I realise now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying
on to a receding future, nor hankering after an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth once, but is the eternity that awaits you.
The problem with a lot of our religious language isn’t just that many of our words are so old that they’re confusing. Many of them are. The problem is that over time many of our cherished, holy words tend to shrink from using them over and over in just one or two favorite ways. They’re like our favorite clothes that get washed over and over in a dryer. Sometimes the definitions of our words get too small.
What the world needs now
Love God. Love your neighbor. It seems simple, right? Hal David and Burt Bacharach once wrote and composed a song about love. Jackie DeShannon sang on the original recording and in the summer of 1965 the song peaked at number seven in the US Hot 100. The song had staying power. You may remember it.
Christoph wishes to remind parishioners that videos of numerous sermons are available on YouTube. Click on the following URL to access our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS3bb4V2QOt0PjT3t6Ziqpg. Additionally, the full sermon playlist can be seen here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNuYymv2akLN96UZQX_4JQV8P3Rf0vMCY.
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