“Embracing Love and Eternal Life”
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly
New Church of Montgomery
Trinity Sunday, May 27, 2018
In our reading today, Psalm 29 brings us “The Voice of God in a Great Storm.” We worship our great Lord, in glory, strength, and holy splendor.
The God of glory thunders over the waters, full of majesty.
The voice of the Lord breaks cedars of Lebanon, and Lebanon skips in delight, like a calf.
The Lord flashes flames of fire. The oaks whirl, and God bares the forest.
The Lord watches over the flood, as king enthroned forever. He gives his people strength, and blesses them with peace.
Romans offers us “Life in the Spirit.”
If you transcend the body, and live by the spirit, you will live.
If you are led by the spirit, you are children of God.
When we acknowledge the Father in spirit, we are of spirit, bearing witness, heirs of God and heirs of Christ. In suffering, and glorified with him.
The spirit who births us is like a mother, a womb, from which we spring. A loving being in whose embrace we rest.
The Gospel of John tells of Nicodemus visiting Jesus.
Nicodemus asks Jesus how can I be born again as an old man?
Jesus says you must be born from above, born of water and of spirit.
The son of man is of heaven, and will be lifted up, much like the wind, and, in being lifted to heaven in spirit, will have eternal life.
Then in reading from Emanuel Swedenborg’s True Christian Religion (Rose, n. 168) we find an understanding of the Trinity as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The three essentials of the one God. Much like soul, body, and operation in human beings.
The Buddha also offers us a trinity of sorts. Quoting, “In the end, only three things matter: How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
Most of us probably watched the Royal Wedding in England this week. The Presiding Bishop of the American Episcopal Church Rev. Dr. Michael Curry offered a much-quoted sermon about love, using the word “love” 68 times. I am glad I didn’t have to count them.
He blessed the couple. He blessed the congregation. He blessed the community and the whole world. In the present and in the future.
Quoting Michael Curry,
“When love is the way, poverty would become history.
When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary.
When love is the way, we will lay our swords and shields down by the riverside, to study war no more.
When love is the way, there’s plenty of room for all of God’s children.”
Indeed, room for all of us.
Insofar as our God, the Holy Lord, has loved us, so we are anointed in love, carriers of love, and conveyors of love to others, each and every day, forever and ever.
Quoting from actor Daniel Day-Lewis,
“Love does not put everything at rest; it puts everything in motion.
Love does not resolve every conflict; it accepts conflict as the arena in which the work of Love is to be done.
Love does not separate the good people from the bad, bestowing endless bliss on one, and endless torment on the other.
Love seeks reconciliation of every life so that it may share all the others.”
As conveyors of love, we carry a charism, we carry an energy, a tone, and a magical essence, which enables all to live.
Which conveys the essence and possibility of eternal life.
In closing, I offer a poem (author unknown), posted by my friend Nowl McInnis. He noted that searching for its author identified four possible authors, who knows?!
“There are stars you haven’t seen
And loves you haven’t loved.
There’s light you haven’t felt
And sunrises yet to dawn.
There are dreams you haven’t dreamt
And days you haven’t lived.
And nights you won’t forget
And flowers yet to grow.
And there is more to you
That you have yet to know.”