"Under the Sigil of House Jesus, or, Beyond Throne Games"
Preached at South Wedge Mission
Rochester, New York
Fourth Sunday of Easter
21 April 2013
Day Texts: Acts 9.36-43
-Some of you know that I kind of have this thing for Doctor Who. But last week, I took a break from the Tardis and started reading another popular series: George R.R. Martin’s massive saga, Game of Thrones. It’s not exactly PG, so I can’t formally recommend it to you. You know, as a clergy person. But as a medieval studies minor in college and someone who’s always loved castles and knights and so forth, it definitely hits the spot.
-See, the sigil of our King is not one that promises security at all. There are many who lament that our nation feel more vulnerable than ever. The followers of the Lamb know that we have always already been called to be vulnerable because of who our Shepherd is, Christ leads us through the valley of the shadow, not because suffering is good but to bring the good of companionship and love to all who suffer. Our vocation is to follow
and do likewise.
-We are called to follow him into the valleys of the shadow. Places in the world where, for women and children denied education and rights, every single trip top school or the well is a Boston Marathon of terror. Into the dark secrets and difficult struggles of others where there is no answer, but where we are called to walk together anyway, receiving and protecting one another’s vulnerability. Not if we walk through the shadowlands. But when.