St Michael’s and St Barnabas 27th May 2018
Readings – John 13:1-17; Romans 8:5-17
If you have seen or heard anything of the Royal Wedding, you will know that one of the major talking points was the sermon by the Archbishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry. For some people it was a real highlight. Ed Miliband tweeted it was almost enough to make him a believer which probably says more about Ed Miliband than Archbishop Curry. For some it was an embarrassment and something that was totally out of character with an essentially British occasion. For me, well, it was fine as far as it went. The trouble was, it didn’t go that far.
Of course the world needs love. Of course love comes from God. Of course if we truly loved, societies and nations would be transformed. But if it was that easy to love wouldn’t we have made the world a better place already?
In fact the more you look into it, the more you realise that the whole idea of love is really quite difficult, and although a Royal Wedding may not have been the place to highlight these difficulties, it would have been good to acknowledge in some way the cost and the commitment involved in love, particularly as one party had been married before.
So what else could or should have been said about love? For a start, it is very important to realise that there are different forms of love. The love that a prince has for his bride is not the same as the love that exists in a family, for example. Nor is it the same as the love that you might have for your favourite football team or for ice cream or chocolate. And it is certainly not the same as the love that builds up and binds a church together. Read the rest of this entry »