During the third week of Advent, we are called to reflect on the theme of “joy”. It is much easier to make this a conversation about ourselves. Where are you finding joy during the pandemic? How are you nurturing joy and gratitude in your life? But, these questions can be burdens to us, instead of illuminating. There is so much emotional management that comes with an emergency, and as the situation in Marathon becomes more serious, it’s hard to outweigh fear with joy.
Preached on May 24, 2020, for St. John’s United, Marathon’s livestream service. Based on John 17:1-11 for Easter 7, Year A. When we think of the trinity knot, we think of the traditional formula of Father, Son, and Spirit. But John wants us to conceive of a different community. In the Gospel of John, JesusContinue reading “For God so loved the world”
While in Jerusalem, during his last days, while having supper with his friends, Jesus foreshadowed his death, saying, “I’ll be with you only a little while longer”. Understandably, Peter turns to him and says, “Where are you going? Can I come with you?” These friends have travelled the Judean countryside together, they have crossed the Sea of Galilee, journeyed in Samaria. They have followed their teacher into the temple courts, the hillsides of Galilee, the garden outside the city, as well as into private homes of both honourable and disreputable people.