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FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT, March 10, 2019

Several people requested Father Bill share the conclusion from his sermon this past Sunday. Below is an excerpt from that sermon.

While Jesus is transfigured, the disciples hear a mighty voice, like the voice that was heard at Jesus baptism. At the baptism, the voice said to Jesus, “You are my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.” Now the voice says to Jesus’ followers, “This is my son, my chosen. Listen to him.”

Listen to him. And what does he say? Love one another. Feed my flock. Proclaim the good news of God’s love from the housetops. Make disciples of all. Welcome the stranger, heal the sick, free the captives, feed the hungry. This is power. This is glory. To transform and transfigure the world so that we all glow with the radiance of love.

On Tuesday we will feast on pancakes and, most importantly for our symbolic life, on butter, so that we can begin Lent on Ash Wednesday safe from the temptation of fat and well-fortified for the long fast. And whatever you are planning for your own Lenten discipline, I’m going to suggest that you also make this Lent a fast FOR resurrection.

In order to prepare yourselves for the power and glory that we rejoice in at Easter, fast from unkindness. Fast from selfishness. Put your love of self on a starvation diet so that you can feed your love of others. Fast from silence, if you can speak out on someone’s behalf. Fast from inaction, if you find you are able to do anything to transform love from hope to reality. Let your fasting transfigure the world around you, so that we may all arise on Easter morning to a world that is already aglow with love.
Amen.


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