Tuesday's Telling of Sunday's Homily

Sermon Summary for June 19 | Meghann K. Humphreys

In Christ, there is no longer Jew or Greek… I want to type “Freak” instead of “Greek” because, as Mother Mary pointed out, people don’t have to meet any conditions to receive God’s love. God loves all. That would include freaks.

            God loves all so much that he sent Jesus to venture into the unclean places, like the cemetery in Gerasenes, where he healed the madman who was possessed by so many life-destroying spirits, he called himself Legion. I mean, when you have so many bad spirits inside that you feel it’s appropriate to call yourself Legion…you probably need the Lord. Luckily for the madman and for us, there is absolutely, positively nowhere God is unwilling to go to release us from those spirits. A manifestation of God’s love and mercy was in this man healed by Jesus.

            God loves us. God heals us. God shows up in the midst of tragedy, grief, doubt, complete disinterest to a relationship with God. God shows up to manifest what is needed. We have the freedom to choose life and light or death and darkness. Moving from death and darkness means we might have to change. As Christ-followers, infinite numbers of changes are part of our journey. Change is hard and often resisted, which, for whatever reason, reminds me of one of Bette Davis’s lines from “All About Eve”: “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”

            As Christ-followers, how far are you willing to go to share Christ’s mercy and to share what God has done for you?

Respectfully Submitted by Meghann K. Humphreys