I am thankful for all the musicians, flower guild members, ECW and hospitality teams, ushers, acolytes, and Vestry who worked hard to make sure that this special day was especially beautiful and flowed seamlessly. We are indeed blessed with gifted and generous people who make our life together joyful and loving.
This week the work has continued. The carillon in our steeple is now connected and operative, and this Sunday you will be able to enjoy its chiming and music. Our capital campaign also continues and continues to grow. Thank you for your support of this plan for our future life and ministry in this place that God has entrusted to us.
Last week we sang “Christ is made the sure foundation,” a hymn which perfectly describes what we are doing and who we are in our life together, especially at this time in our life as the Cathedral Family. This week our lessons from scripture will explore more deeply what it means for us to have Christ as our foundation.
The language of this hymn is derived from what Peter writes in the passage we read this week from his first letter. Peter describes the Lord as a living stone, whom we should come to as living stones ourselves in order to be built into a “spiritual house” and to offer “spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. He is the “cornerstone chosen and precious.” We are his people, chosen also so that we should accept the mercy extended to us as he has led us out of our own darkness of doubt and limited vision and into the light of his love and hope. Our work is to proclaim his mighty acts to the world that surrounds us.
In our gospel lesson this week, Jesus tells his disciples that he is going ahead to make a place for them in the many dwelling places of his Father’s house, so that where he is going they can go, too; he is speaking of course of his own death, resurrection, and ascension. Thomas, ever the literalist, says, “We don’t know where you are going, so how can we follow.” Jesus explains that HE is “the way, the truth, and the life” and that knowing him will lead to knowing the Father. Philip, speaking for the unconvinced, says, “Show us the Father, and we will be satisfied. Jesus does seem a bit disappointed by this response, as he says, “Have you been with me all this time and still you don’t know me?” Then he explains that the Father dwells in him and does his works through him. If nothing else, Jesus says, believe the works. “If you believe in me,” Jesus says, “you will do the works I do and greater works than these because I am going to the Father.”
For us to continue to follow in the way Jesus has shown us and given to us, for us to allow ourselves to be built into the people and place that God desires us to be requires trust in God’s grace and protection and willingness to imagine and believe. That is the joyful work of Easter people. Come worship on this Mother’s Day and dedicate yourself to being a living stone that God can use to build his city.