RECTOR'S WEEKLY MESSAGE

The final Sundays of the Church year focus us on the future.  In Sunday’s gospel Jesus predicts the utter destruction of the Temple, “not one stone will remain upon another”.  In history that destruction took place forty years after his crucifixion.  Spiritually the destruction of the Temple occurred at the moment of his death on the cross.  Christians have always recognized this double character of the future in history and in the spirit.  Historically the Church has played a role in the toppling of countless kingdoms and regimes whose power rests on the domination and oppression of others, and the building up of new structures that reflect the compassion and grace of God. Small communities of faith rooted in the love of Jesus Christ have removed themselves from oppressive regimes and built universities, hospitals, political and social movements rooted in the love of God that have utterly transformed the world in which they live.  But each historic transformation begins, and in a sense is fore-ordained, in the spiritual transformation that takes place when following the example of Christ we offer our lives at the table of Christ, and he takes up our hopes and fears like he takes up bread and wine, blesses them, and returns to us his body and blood, his Spirit, and his unending indwelling commission to love and serve him with gladness and singleness of heart.  Through Holy Communion the future of God is now and in history yet to come.  Stone must not remain upon stone. We must change.  The world must change. And by God’s grace we are already changed for good.  We are fit for the great banquet of God, the wedding feast of the Lamb, because we love him and we offer ourselves for his service.