Apr 19, 2018
Welcome back! Not to this podcast but a place away from the edges of life. These edges are the mundane, chaotic, and distracting elements of life. The things that keep us away from what William Butler Yeats called "the center" in his poem "The Second Coming." Due to the dismal state of the world after WW1 Yeats saw a world of despair writing that "the center cannot hold." His fatalistic view seems as relevant today as it was in his lifetime. How do we, as Christians, avoid this hopeless and fearful view of life? This Easter sermon Rev. Gibson reminds us that the risen Christ is our solid center in the circling chaos and darkness of the world. The light from an empty tomb guides us to carry on and "keep going" with the stuff and muck of life. We are reminded to stop looking for Jesus among the dead and go and see him among the living - where he reigns. We need to go into the world to demonstrate our light to the rest of the world. Rev. Gibson ends her sermon with a list of ideas from author and artist Austin Kleon to keep moving forward in life and hacks them for aiding us to follow Jesus. Easter is not a single day. It is a season, beginning on Easter Day and continuing for seven full weeks. During this week of weeks work to bring lasting beauty into a world that sometimes feels like it is falling into chaos and darkness.
Pulpit to Pew is a conversation between priest and parishioner, to understand how the message translates and to explore further the weekly Sunday sermon and lessons within the Episcopal tradition and daily life.