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The story is told of an Amish family that went to the mall for the first time. Everything is quite amazing, the food court, music, numerous stores…
The grandmother sees two shiny, silver doors open and watches an elderly man enter between them. The doors closed behind him. Two minutes later, the doors open and rather than seeing the elderly man who originally entered, a handsome 20 something year old man emerges. (Now we know these doors are to an elevator, but it is something she had never seen before).
Again, the doors open and another elderly man goes in. Soon after, a young good looking guy appears. Then the woman’s granddaughter comes over and says, “Granny, isn’t this place great!”
“Yes,” replies the grandmother. “Quick, go get your grandfather!”
The reality and meanings of the Trinity are hard to understand. Even St. Augustine who wrote, On the Trinity, said 30 years after he wrote it that he himself could not understand what he had written. But when he realized that the point of FAITH is all about Transformation, the Dogma of the Trinity gets very interesting.
Last Saturday, Bishop Michael Curry delivered the Sermon at the Royal Wedding. It was a Sermon that spoke of the power of love. A Sermon that spoke of the redemptive love of God.
Moses in our first reading asks the people (and us) to remember their experiences of God as a nation, a people, a person; experiences of God’s presence and love.
I am not sure what we think when we hear the phrase redemptive love, but it is more than a God who loved us so much, he sent his son to save us and redeem us all. Redemptive love is all the thoughts and words and especially the actions of love… not only of the past, but of the present.
God’s redemptive love is meant to transform us into people who can live with God now and forever. God’s redemptive love is the ABILITY to do what we could not do before, it is not just something of the past, it needs to always be something of the present.
Said Bishop’s Curry, “Imagine our homes and families where love is the way. Think and imagine a world where love is the way. Where no child goes to bed hungry. Where justice rolls like a mighty steam. Where poverty becomes history. Where we treat others like we are actually family.
Said one author, “if you ever want to really see the LOVE of God, watch parents at the side of their child’s hospital bed. God loves us the way parent’s love children.” That the Good News and God asks of us, his disciples in this time and place, to continue to spread His message, His love and the reality that God is always with us.
Oh, and one more thing, if you find that elevator, please let me know where it is. I’d like to take a ride on it.