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A sermon I preached at St. Pat’s on May 6th (bottom of post). The readings were:
Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?” Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, `Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I replied, `By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But a second time the voice answered from heaven, `What God has made clean, you must not call profane.’ This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, `Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.’ And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, `John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?” When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, “Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.”
I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
- “See, the home of God is among mortals.
- He will dwell with them as their God;
- they will be his peoples,
- and God himself will be with them;
- he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
- Death will be no more;
- mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
- for the first things have passed away.”
And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.”
At the last supper, when Judas had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless and the Peachtree-Pine Homeless Shelter are asking for everyone to come out this Thursday at 1:00 PM to show their support for Atlanta’s homeless. The new owner of the building at Peachtree and Pine has threatened foreclosure though the directors of the facility are currently in the midst of a lawsuit against the city of Atlanta for purposefully impeding their work and funding. Directors of the facility Jim and Anita Beaty are holding a press conference on Thursday to inform the public and media about what the city is really doing to its homeless population.
“What you do for the least of these, you do for me…”, “…and I give you a new commandment, to love one another as I have loved you.” If we are to take our vows and responsibilities of baptism seriously, then we are all called to help those who cannot help themselves. Please come out this Thursday and see for yourself the real faces of Christ. God’s Peace.
Parking is available in a pay lot ($2.00) next to the shelter at Peachtree St. and Pine St.
For more information on the shelter and the work of the Metro Atlanta Taskforce for the Homeless, visit their website at http://www.homelesstaskforce.org/. To read more about the lawsuit against the city of Atlanta, follow Dr. Jim Beaty’s blog here: http://drjimbeaty.wordpress.com/.