True listening means barreling down the mountain after Jesus

Bishop Lane leads the people of St. Patrick's in the renewal of their Baptismal vows. Photo by Mark Spahr
Bishop Lane leads the people of St. Patrick’s in the renewal of their Baptismal vows. Photo by Mark Spahr

Bishop Steve Lane spend the last Sunday of Epiphany with the people of St. Patrick’s, Brewer. In his sermon on Luke’s account of the Transfiguration of Jesus he had this, in part, to say:

But worship is not sufficient. What’s required is that we listen to Jesus and, by implication, that we do what he teaches. In the oral tradition that predates literacy, the verb, “to hear,” actually meant to act on what one heard. The proof of the listening was the action that followed. If one did not respond, then, clearly, one had not heard. Listening wasn’t a passive activity, but rather an action going forward. God says listen to Jesus: follow him, act like him.

Whoa!

He also said this:

It’s been said that we must rescue Jesus from the church, the fatal flaw of the church has been that we have worshiped Jesus instead of following him. We have been content to build booths in which to stay a little while with Jesus, but have not been willing to follow him down the mountain to share in the work of healing and reconciliation. We have been content to bask in the reflected light of Jesus while all around us God’s sons and daughters die of poverty, disease and war. We have been happy that Jesus was transfigured, but we have not looked for our own transfiguration.

Read it all here.

 

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