THE POWER OF (PURPOSEFUL) LOVE

Blog by Associate Colette Parker

I made no plans to watch the Royal Wedding this past weekend.

But when my internal clock awakened me at 6:30 a.m., I decided to turn on the television.

I am certainly glad that I did because I got an unexpected surprise when Presiding Episcopal Bishop Michael B. Curry delivered the wedding homily (I had not followed the preliminary coverage of the wedding, so I had no idea he was on program. When I saw him, I knew that the millions of people watching were about to receive something special because Bishop Curry, one of the leading progressive theological voices in America, preaches with fire).

It appears that Bishop Curry surprised, awed and stunned some of those listening to his sermon (which some described as “unconventional”  or “unorthodox” for St. George’s Chapel). Some of them had no idea what they were witnessing or experiencing – the black preaching tradition.

That tradition helped to end slavery and to birth the Civil Rights movement. It continues to call people and communities to account for their social deeds and misdeeds. It continues to inspire and encourage people to keep hoping against hope in turbulent times.

Bishop Curry delivered a prophetic call – not only to those in the chapel at Windsor Castle, but to the world — to let the radical and transformative power of love guide us. He reminded us that justice is rooted in love. He challenged us to commit to loving our neighbors as ourselves. He challenged us to be better.

He drew on liberation theology to describe love as a necessary social and political force that provides hope in the face of social injustice and that serves as the power to eradicate those injustices:

“When love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing brook. When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary. When love is the way, we will lay down our swords and shields down, down by the riverside to study war no more. When love is the way, there’s plenty good room, plenty good room, for all of God’s children. Because when love is the way, we actually treat each other, well, like we are actually family.”

Bishop Curry lifted up a faith that believes love ultimately triumphs over hatred, a faith that believes love can change the world, a faith rooted in the radical power of redemptive love.

Thank you, Bishop Curry for reminding the Church of its social responsibility and of the need for religious engagement.

Let the Church say: Amen!

Posted in Associate Blog, News

15 responses to “THE POWER OF (PURPOSEFUL) LOVE

  1. Thanks so much Colette for your blog. I haven’t heard a presentation on Redemptive Love for a long time. It was so
    Powerful and I hope with God’s help we will live Redemptive love in each of our lives. It has come to mean so much to me in these turbulent times in our world. Death
    And Resurrection continues…..

    Blessings on your preaching the Word,
    Brigid

  2. The American DNA is racist, and seeing, hearing the easy integration of the races in England gave me hope that the American audience would be affected….please God it can and will happen.

  3. Yes, I too am thankful to have been tremendously blessed by Bahia Curry’s sermon. We had recorded it and I too am able to listen again and again of his inspiring words and Spirit filled delivery. We at St. Elizabeth’s church have the newest addition of Fr.Jesse Chick CFIC who has just started implementing an African Mass that comes to our parish about 2 yrs. after our Administrator Fr. Ramon Owera CFIC arrived to include a Phillipino ( Tagalog) Mass). I will have to admit I am interested in checking out our African Mass offering even though I am committed to singing in the 11 am Mass. Donita Rossiter OPA

  4. Like you, my Saturday alarm in my head went off at 6:30. He was an amazing homilies and I hope that his message is taken to heart around the world. Thanks for your inspirational blog, Colette!

  5. Thanks so much, Colette. Bishop Curry will be coming this way to ordain a new Episcopal bishop soon for the Western Kansas. His sermon was a topic of conversation at our Associate meeting yesterday. I hope when the ordination occurs I could attend. Love your blogs!!

  6. Amen! I loved his preaching. He tied it together with the personal love that Harry and Meghan have for each other that just pours out into the world if love is the way— wonderful wonderful!

  7. And again I say Amen.
    I too had not planned to watch but my sister sent me a text to say “gurl , you are gonna want to see this. History in the making.
    So to my sister Nita – thanks for waking me up and starting my day with flare and flavor.

  8. And thank you, Colette, for adding your wisdom to Bishop Curry’s. We all must remember that “love is the way” and practice it in our daily lives.
    Blessings to you for rising early and listening.

  9. Colette,
    God has a way of waking us up as you did and tune into a special preaching at the wedding ceremony. Yes, this was a FIRST for many to hear Bishop Curry and how true “there is power in LOVE”. Collette, your article on SMILES is in our Dodge City KS, Diocese Catholic paper this Pentecost. Wonderful to get your message out in local papers. Thank you. Nancy Jane Kuntz OP

    1. Thank you for your beautiful analysis.
      I was also very moved by the,Bishops’ words & the entire wedding.
      It was beautiful to see the ” the friends” who were the most important people in Sussex Duke Harry & Duchess Meghan life.
      We are going to Westminster at the end of this month & hope to go to St
      George’s Chapel
      From,
      JoAnne O’Brien Scott OPA, Memphis

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