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Father David Mercer, Priest in Charge
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Service of Holy Eucharist
St Clements Church, Prince William
11 AM
Yellow Level of Covid 19 recovery
Masks are mandatory
Household bubbles and 6 feet distancing

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Trinitytide is the season of growth in the life of the Church. Since the First Sunday in Advent until now we
have been thinking about the life of our Lord, but now we focus on the life of the post resurrection Church
in the world. What better way to begin than reflecting on Saint John’s teaching about the nature of God.
He makes it very clear that the true nature of God is love and that we, as the Body of Christ, are the social
incarnation of this great truth. He goes on to say that the nature of the divine love is manifest in the fact
that he loved us before we loved him. He made us and yet we did not love him, yet he sent his Son to save
us by his death on the Cross. In fact, the hallmark of the Early Church was the fact that they loved each
other. This marked them off from those who lived in the world. They lived their lives in response to the
command of Christ, that they love one another. The Octave Day of Pentecost, as we discovered last week
was given over to thinking about the Trinity, but what was not said was the fact that at the heart of God
is Love. Saint John goes so far to declare that God is love. This love is made manifest in the fact that Christ
died for us. His death was made without any certainty that we would respond, it was an act of hope. Such
is the nature of Divine Love, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit love each other, and this love is bound
by their unity of persons which is an expression of love itself. Creation is an act of Divine Love and so is
the act of Sacrifice that saves us all. Many now speak of God as “Creator God”, but this does God a great
disservice, because he is much more than a dispassionate God. The creation itself and the act that brings
about its existence is an act of pure love. In spite of the fact, that we rejected this love in disobedience,
God did not reject us, in spite of the fact that we spoiled creation by our own selfishness, God still loved
us. How do we know this? Because God acted in love by sending his only begotten Son into the world to
undue our act of disobedience. This act should tell us that God truly loves us, that he is prepared to die
for us and in fact does die for us in the death of his son. This act of divine love should shape our lives and
govern our actions. We are called by God to love those who do not love us, if we cannot do this, how can
we claim to love God? If we truly love God, we must love our brother also. Here again, it is important to
draw the distinction between loving and liking. God loves us but he does not like who we are, yet he
continually hopes that we will become once again the true object of love by allowing the transforming
grace of his love to work in us.
The parable of the rich man and Lazarus that is the Gospel that we read this morning should help us to
understand the love of God at work. The poverty of Lazarus is presented to the rich man when ever he
leaves his home. This poor man sought only the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table and the rich
man did not seem to care. He passed him bye without a glance. What dammed the rich man? It was not
his wealth, it was the fact that he did not even see Lazarus as he rode by him. For him, Lazarus was an
object among other objects. He failed to see a fellow human being and failed to love what he did not or
could not see. All that he was given was given to share with others, this he failed to do and failed to see
those with whom he could share his wealth. His love was not directed to his fellow man, instead it was
directed to the wealth that he had. In this he dammed himself. When he dies he sees his mistake, but it is
too late. He has placed himself beyond the divine love. He does ask that Lazarus be sent to warn his
brothers, but is told that they have Moses and the prophets. They will repent if one were to go to them
from the dead. The response to this is “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be
persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” Who is he who rose from the dead but the Christ? Everyone
makes their own bed and must sleep in it. We can make all kinds of excuses, but in the end we must face
the truth in terms of what we have made us by what we have done or have not done. Do we play lip
service to the Gospel message, are we transformed by it or are we just playing it safe? Do we have a
genuine concern for our fellow human beings, for God’s creation, for our brothers and sisters in Christ or
are we just playing the game?
Trinitytide should bring us face to face with who we are and should shape our lives in the image and
likeness of Christ. We are called to be instruments of God’s grace in the world and as such, selfishness and
self-centeredness should have no place in our lives. We can overcome our weakness by submitting
ourselves to the will of the loving Father. We are Christ in the world, and it is this world that he has sent
us to transform. We can only repeat the words of our Lord when he asked by his parent where he had
been, “Did you not know that I was about my Father’s business.”

Father David Mercer, Priest in Charge
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Anglican Parish of Prince William
6832 Rte. 102
Dumfries, N.B.
E6G 1P1

Audrey Cernivz,
Apr 17, 2020, 8:23 AM