We Belong, Therefore We Are

Sermon Summary for Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 | Respectfully Submitted by Mal Underwood

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We were privileged to have Reverend Spenser Simrill as our guest Celebrant on the Second Sunday after Pentecost.  For those who heard Fr. Spenser’s message it was an inspirational blessing indeed.  He called Presiding Bishop Curry’s sermon at the recent royal wedding the Bishop’s “I Have a Dream” speech and remarked how beautifully written and delivered it was.  It seemed we heard Fr. Simrill’s “I Have a Dream” speech on Sunday.

French philosopher Rene Descartes, acknowledged by many as the father of Western philosophy, was known for the famous quote, “I think, therefore I am.” In a simple explanation, he offered it to counter a premise that human perception of reality was only an illusion of demonic origin and possibly human life itself was only an illusion. Descartes said this was false and impossible because human thought and reason was a divine gift that could not be faked. It is pure and real. If we are blessed with thought, then we are real.

Fr. Spenser offered his version as, “we belong, therefore we are.” His primary argument came from Psalm 139, a beautiful song of belief and truth from the Psalmist to our Lord God. In part it reads, “Lord, you have searched me out and known me . . you discern my thoughts . . you trace my journeys and are acquainted with all my ways . . you knit me together in my mother’s womb . . I will thank you because I am marvelously made.”  Fr. Spenser stressed the spiritual necessity of us knowing and remembering we are unique, special, and loved by our Holy Father in a way our human minds cannot comprehend. But He calls us to be still and know that He is God and we are his children. We belong to Him and he abides in us forever in the great family of the Creator of the universe. We belong, therefore we are.

Fr. Spenser exhorted us to see the world as God would have us see it. In Him there are no blue states, red states, political parties, creeds, genders or races. There is only the earth and the human race he created, the children of God loved by him for the purpose of worship and reverence and doing all we can to help those who suffer or are in need of our personal touch of grace and mercy. Jesus showed us his pattern for life during his ministry on earth. Our Savior displayed anger, frustration, and indignation just as we do, but his displays were aimed at corruption and the mistreatment of persons who were victims of abuse of power and wealth. But mostly our Lord displayed his limitless love for those he found were innocent, suffering or cast aside, because there were so few who were willing to help. Fr. Spenser reminded us that we are the eyes, hands and feet of Lord Jesus in the world. As Jesus tells us in John 13:35, “by this everyone will know that you are my disciples; that you have love for one another.” Amen.