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    6th Sunday of Easter

    Preacher: David Macdonald

    Category: Faith

    May 21st 2017
    St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
    “…for the Lord God will be their light.”
    [Revelation 21]

    “So where are we today in our time?”

    “Why are so many of our institutions, so many countries, so many individuals seemingly paralyzed by worry?
    Where pray…
    is the light to lead us from darkness?

    In forward day by day…

    There was a contribution I read a few years back that I remember…
    a piece written in 1947…
    I could not believe it was not a piece from this moment in time…listen to what was said:

    “this is the thing that makes people shake their heads. Of all periods of human history, our is the one when science and reason have unlocked so many features of nature…

    Yet, we cannot allay the specter of war, or save millions from starvation…and intellect alone cannot bring about a better world.

    It is because we have not put first things first…
    We have not sought the Kingdom of God...
    and his righteousness…

    We have first sought our own profit…
    Our own security…
    And have asked God to back us up to these ends…

    We wanted financial return above everything else…and we got it.

    And now…we cannot buy with it what we would like to buy.

    Slowly…painfully…we are beginning to realize that security for anyone of us…
    lies in the greater abundance of…
    ‘seek ye first the Kingdom’
    ***

    So…
    again I ask…
    “where are we?”
    Is it possible that…
    We have lost sight…or our sense of awareness…of what
    God & Jesus Christ asked us to do as members of the kingdom of
    God…in our lives…and maybe…to some degree…in this place?
    ***
    Increasingly…I am coming to believe we need to return our gaze…
    back to the lamb of God…to Christ our redeemer and sanctifier.
    To Jesus…our friend…
    And believe on the power of the holy spirit…
    Whose perfect love…casts out fear.
    ***
    In St. Bavo’s cathedral in the ancient city of Ghent there is a singular work of art that affords an answer for us at…
    St. Luke’s.

    The work was completed in 1432.
    Now nearly six hundred years old…
    It is the painting of the
    “adoration of the lamb”
    By two brothers…
    Hubert & Jan Van Ayck

    On so many levels it is about a change in the way Christians see things…

    There is in this painting…the astonishing leap forward of
    ‘extended geometric focus’…

    But, more than this…
    There is the realization from the placement of the figures who are worshiping together…
    That true ‘community’ within the city of God…
    Is a mirror of the common community of mankind here on Earth…
    If we have the will seize upon the teachings of Christ & live them in daily faith.

    This astonishing painting…
    reminds us of what truly is our strength. That we need not be afraid (even in times like these). Having courage to step up to the altar of our God…
    Attend to what Christ would have us do…
    and to look to the altar…as the true light that can lead this village, our world and St. Luke’s.

    You see, the temple and our strength is the
    “Lord God Almighty”.
    We should be focused, on Christ…
    Expecting glory…
    Dear friends…
    We can become like the painting in the cathedral at Ghent…
    Becoming a people of God.

    A people who know that here…
    St. Luke’s…there is no night.

    For truly…
    The lord God is our light
    &
    We have beheld
    that glory…
    In face of Jesus Christ.

    I say these things to you in the name of god:
    Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    ~amen~