So began Fr. Gabriel's homily for 8 year old Jephte Babakissa last Friday who was run down by a distracted driver in Conway. His mother, next to the bongos is singing. Earlier she was wailing at the open grave.
People, reaching out, caring for one another, praying for one another.
Sharing God's love is why we gather. We are His body. We are His servants. He is with us then. Jesus' first public sermon (John 3) was to the Jews about new life. His last public sermon (John 12) is to the Greeks about life from death.
Hellenism espoused the effort to realize the ideal human life consisting in enjoyment and escaping sacrifice, the fullness of personal life. It's all about me
. On the other hand, Jesus' teaching, "The person who is in love with one's own self ruins it, but the person who hates one's this-worldly self preserves one's true self thereby into deep, lasting Life."
"He who loves his life loses it..."
The Rt. Rev. Peter Johs, bishop of the diocese of Malek
in South Sudan; 42,000 Anglicans; provincial secretary.
He lives in a village with no running water or electricity and visits his people via bicycle because to have a car would distance him too much from his poor and starving people.
Meet him here at New Covenant Good Friday.
"but if it dies it bears much fruit..."
Sometimes, from time to time, whether far away, as with the men above, or here at home in our local community, we get to linger with and rub elbows with God's servants, even on Sundays!