And from time to time there is a sermon that so inspires, that so challenges, that so resonates, that it invites deep reflection and is cause for celebration as it invites a kind of deep transformation within, (or at least a subtle shift in thinking.)
The following was written and delivered by a young parishioner and member of the Church of St. Philip's, in North Minneapolis. The author asked to remain anonymous on this blog. I celebrate his spirit, his wisdom, and this Catholic Faith community that I am privileged to be part of on the North Side, that would be so bold as to invite and acknowledge that reflection and revelation might come from him. You may read the text and/ or listen to it on the recording below.
"Where Does Revelation Come From?"
February 3, 2008.
Blessed are the merciful. Blessed are the clean of heart. Or blessed are the peacemakers.
"Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours and no feet but yours. No voice but yours."So maybe its not so much a question of HOW God shares Revelation, but from WHO.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit. Blessed are they who mourn. Blessed are the meek."Who are these people? Jesus tells us that when they, or we, carry this banner,
"They will insult us and persecute us and utter every kind evil against us."Paul takes it farther.
"God chose the foolish, the weak, the lowly and despised."And Zachariah,
"God will leave a people humble and lowly."
I'm heading to a Super Bowl party this afternoon. I mostly watch for the commercials because they're funny. But what are the commercials really saying? You are not enough. But if you buy our product, or spend more, maybe you will be.
Leo Tolstoy was a Christian Pacifist and writer in the 1800's. He wrote a calendar of daily wisdom. The wisdom for today, February 3rd reads,
"Love is real only when a person can sacrifice himself for another person. Only when a person forgets himself for the sake of another, and lives for another creature, only this kind of love can be called true love, and only in this love do we see the blessing and reward of life. This is the foundation of the world."