At Easter we gather together to celebrate triumph of life over death, love over fear. The central truth that we celebrate is God’s radical, extravagant love for all of us, just as we are. We don’t—and can’t ever—earn God’s love. It is simply there for us, for all of us, without effort or merit on our part. Theologian Richard Rohr articulates it this way:
Jesus did not come to change the mind of God about humanity (it did not need changing)! Jesus came to change the mind of humanity about God.
Jesus’ message isn’t that we are so terrible that we needed saving. Rather, it is that we are so precious to God, just as we are, that God cannot stop seeking ways to entice us to believe it, in spite of our deep conviction to the contrary.
That gospel revolution proved a little too much for some. Within a few hundred years of Jesus’ death, the Church swiftly established new ways of creating barriers and merit systems, satisfying ego preference rather than risk dwelling in the lavish generosity of God.
Thankfully, the Spirit is at work even now, drawing all human beings out of the tight and constrained box we had made for ourselves (and others). At St. Simon’s we invite you to dwell with reckless abandon in the spectacular, wild dance of divine love known in the early church as perichoresis—the mutual giving and receiving dance of love we and all creation are drawn into by the Trinity. May we all allow this new economy of grace to be a game changer in our lives and in our world.
Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
We are a faith family. We worship together, we celebrate together, we care for each other, and we welcome others into our faith community. We are transformed by God’s love and seek to manifest that love in all our lives. Our parish includes the very young and the very old, those born into the Episcopal faith and many who were not. We are empowered and encouraged to share our talents and passions both within and beyond our walls. All, new and long-time, are invited to share in what we’re already doing and are encouraged to bring their own gifts and strengths to shape our future. Come join the adventure!