Today at St. John's we celebrated Christ the King. It was beautiful. The newly ordained (and coordinator of the Anglican Refugee and Migrants Network) Reverend Catherine presided and she did a masterful job of censing the altar and chanting the liturgy. (It's not easy!)
The gospel reading was one of my favorites: The Sheep and The Goats. ("For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’) It is always so amazing to me how a passage from scripture speaks to me in different times of my life. Right now with my work at the Mission for Migrant Workers this passage resonated very strongly with me. I have very literally fed hungry people with the sandwiches we have at the Mission, offered water or coffee to women who come to our office. I invited a stranger to come stay at my apartment (I'll never forget you Tanya!). I have visited the sick with Father Dwight, brought clothes to a client who is in prison and went to visit her. Looking into the faces around me I see Christ in them. I hope they see Christ in me.
We sang a song I had not heard before: Brother, Sister let me serve you.
Brother, Sister let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I might have the grace,
to let you be my servant too.
We are pilgrims on a journey,
We are family on the road.
We are here to help each other,
Walk the miles and bear the load
I will hold the Christ-light for you,
in the night-time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.
I will weep when you are weeping,
when you laugh I'll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow,
till we've seen this journey through.
When we sing to God in heaven,
we shall find such harmony.
Born of all we've known together,
of Christ's love and agony.
This is probably going to be my favorite song for the rest of forever. :)
thoughts? comments? random? please share!
Grace and Peace,