Luke 24: 1-12
On the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body of Jesus.
There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done.
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how the play the game. It’s easy.
There’s nothing you can make that can’t be made.
No one you can save that can’t be saved. Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time. It’s easy.
All you need is love. All you need is love.
All you need is love. Love. Love is all you need.
Oh Holy One … I come to you again, my center. Ground Me.
I come to confess my weariness. Hold me.
I come to seek your face. Smile on me.
I come to be made whole. Heal me.
I come to open my heart to You. Fill me.
I come to open my mind to You. Teach me.
I come to open my spirit to You. Breathe in to me.
I come to live and to die in You. Show me Your Love.
Today, we hear the vocational experiences of Isaiah, Paul, and three of Jesus' first
disciples, Simon, James and John. In three very different encounters, these believers heard
and heeded God's call, and in that moment, their lives changed course and took a direction
they had not planned.
As I sat down this morning to reflect on today’s readings there in front of me on the computer was a snapshot of the Dignity Chicago board. Here we are all smiling, content in the fact that the membership meeting is going well.
Today’s readings speak to us down through the ages. In every time … every culture … through every age, humanity has always been about relationships, family, la familia.
“Take off your robe of misery and mourning; you will wear God’s glorious splendor forever.”
Today’s readings are about prophesy and light filled with eternal echoes … of joy, hope and justice for those who honor God’s will for us. They speak of endings and beginnings. But more important, they tell us not to ever lose sight of the prize that lies in our salvation. Along the way make straight … value that which really matters … our relationships with our God, ourselves and each other.
The Truth will set you free. And the truth of who we are as God’s holy people is written in our hearts.
I am deeply honored to be the one privileged to bring the accumulated wisdom and pride of DignityUSA to this incredible occasion this evening. I can definitely say that DignityUSA would not be nearly the strong, vital, growing organization we are today without the leadership, generosity, and expertise given by so many from this community from your earliest days to the very present. I have been privileged to work alongside many of you on DignityUSA projects, on the Board, and during Conventions, and know well the gifts and generosity of this community.
As I sat in the chapel this morning meditating on what the readings of the day held for me these questions surfaced. Why can I not sit still and listen for your word, oh God? Why do I constantly busy myself with distractions that take me away from your embrace? Why can I not hear my own inner longing to be Loved as You Love? … To be forgiven as You forgive? To be willing to do Your will as only I can? Why can I not just sit down and breathe in the silence and listen to the stillness that accepts all, nourishes all, completes all, begins and ends al