The Rev. Dr. William Heisley
Lessons: Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 34: 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12
Holy! Holy! Holy! We sing it every Sunday as if it’s only a high act of praise. But sometimes it’s as if it’s a cry of longing, a moan of despair, rather than a shout of joy. Holy! Is God really holy! Is there any holiness? Can I be holy?
The despair that is at the heart of contemporary life is not new. An ancient Latin funeral inscription has it this way: Non eram, eram, no sum, non curo. “I was not, I was, I am not, I don’t care.” Out of the depth of our fear of the future we find a place, an island, to which we can cling for a moment’s peace, a moment’s rest. “I don’t care. I just don’t care.” And it’s nothing new. (more…)