Way back in April I went to Paris for a truly joyous occasion: the consecration of Mark Edington as Bishop in charge of the Convocation of the Episcopal Church in Europe (that’s a mouthful!)
I was lucky enough to hear Bishop Michael Curry (he of the wedding of Maghan and Prince Harry fame) It was a privelege. In the Spring edition of “Trinité” the parish magazine of the Episcopal Cathedral in Paris, there were some excerpts of Michael Curry’s sermon published. I thought you might like to read them.
IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE – BRIEF EXCERPTS FROM THE APRIL 7TH SERMON BY PRESIDING BISHOP MICHAEL CURRY
I have looked for the asterisk behind ‘love your neighbor’ limiting who the neighbor was. I have tried my best.
I was on Capitol Hill with members of Congress and I said, I might be wrong, but I don’t think it’s ‘Republicans, love your Republican neighbors; Democrats, love your Democratic neighbors; capitalists, love your capitalist neighbors; communists, love your communist neighbors’.
No, it says: Love Your Neighbor. And who’s your neighbor? It’s everybody else. I mean to tell you, that’s a game-changer. That’s a game-changer in our personal lives, and in the life of this world: to live by love.”
“Now if you don’t believe Jesus, maybe you’ll believe Prime Minister William Gladstone. Actually I didn’t hear him say it, he was in the 19th century, but if you don’t believe Jesus, and you don’t believe William Gladstone, maybe you’ll believe Jimi Hendrix. Because Jimi’s quoting William Gladstone in the spirit of Jesus of Nazareth, to say it this way:
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will know peace.”
“Love is going the extra mile, love is actually turning the other cheek, love is seeking the good and the welfare and the well-being of others.
The truth is, I used to think the opposite of love was hatred. It dawned on me that the opposite of love is selfishness, self-centeredness, and hatred is a derivative of self-centeredness.
Love is the way of unselfish living, love is the way of selfless service, and I’m here to tell you that if we dare to live by love, we will know a very different world.”
If you would like to read more, this link takes you to the PDF of the magazine. You can read about the consecration in much more detail, should you wish to.