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A Miscellany of Sermon Notes and Reflections
There's a lot of abstract language hanging from the rafters of the church: words like "sin," "justification," "redemption," "good," "evil," "love," "glory," and so many more. Such words are helpful to a point, but only to a point.
We are not abstractions. We are flesh and blood with surfboards and back aches, troublesome relatives and prize winning hydrangeas. Our stomachs rumble at inappropriate moments. We make others laugh. We wipe the tears from a child's eyes. We know what these things mean,
Abstractions, on the other hand, tend to mean what we want them to mean. "Good" becomes synonymous with what I like, "evil" with my aversions. Reality is what we live, not what we postulate. One of the most surprising, wonderful and challenging aspects of spiritual practice is lifting the veil off self image and finding the divine within.
Jesus didn't use a lot of abstractions. Enlightened beings don't need abstractions. They're more likely to tell stories. In a world which crushed human lives, he helped people stand on their two feet, to become full participants rather than the projections of others. His entire being was an antidote to authoritarianism and fake news.
As we move toward summer, we at St. Aidan's are exploring what it means to walk in love. Or as a wise Buddhist put it, "Love is the knowledge of our shared being. Love is who we really are." The world can hurt and break us. All things break. Through love, community, trust and honesty we are made whole.
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