We Are the Saints of God

From my Feast of All Saints (2009) sermon at St. Simon Cyrenian in South Philadelphia: All of those dead and rotting things that hide our true nature as the saints of God are stripped from us as were the grave clothes of Lazarus in the gospel. Jesus' command, "Release him and let him go!" is directed to the community.There are some in our community, like Lazarus, who are no longer recognizable as one of God's saints. It may be because of something that they have done or because of something that was done to them. We may never know which. (read more)

We who love them may be filled with grief and rage. Others in the community may just want to bury the person and move on. Some are concerned about the stench in the community. And others are concerned about the possibility of contamination. (Full text

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