Eastertide, the Great 50 Days of Easter, invites and challenges followers of Jesus to “go.” More than ever, it strikes me that the faith imparted to us in baptism is calling us to be radical and to lean in, all in the name of Jesus. This means that we will go into a new day or from worship or from place to place intentionally partnering with God as the world’s co-reconcilers, repairers of the breech, peacemakers, justice-makers, and vessels of the transformational love of God.
Today, it is obvious that the world needs the Church, the body of Christ, to tell about and live out the way of love modeled by Jesus. Our commitment to practicing resurrection with and through our lives is bound to help with the bringing of hope and healing, making the earthly life better than one could imagine, and co-creating the kingdom of God here and now. By faith, our going the way of love is a step-by-step journey of courage alongside all others who make up the Easter community of Grace-St. Luke’s Church and the church catholic (universal). With open hearts, God is able to do new and life-changing things with us individually and collectively.
In Walking The Way Of Love by Courtney Cowart, Bishop Rob Wright of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta reflects and offers us some food for our journeys of going the way of love. “GO: Cross boundaries, listen deeply, and live like Jesus. As Jesus went to the highways and byways, he sends us beyond our circles and comfort, to witness to the love, justice, and truth of God with our lips and with our lives. We go to listen with humility and to join God in healing a hurting world. We go to become Beloved Community, a people reconciled in love with God and one another. The Way of Love reaches the heights of its truthfulness and the depth of its usefulness in the principle of “go.” “Go” for us means partnering with Jesus and his constantly enlarging neighbor-making campaign, especially as it leads us down into the fingernail-dirty places of the world. At least part of what Jesus means when he asks us to go, it seems, is go see how chock full of God the world already is. Going is growing for us…To be appointed by God, in Jesus’s name through the power of the Holy Spirit, is an immense privilege.”
Eastertide peace and blessings as we try, Ollie+
The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector
21 April 2021, Eastertide