Here is my sermon from yesterday morning. I was not able to send it out yesterday because I spent the middle part of the day going to and from Glastonbury Abbey, Hingham, MA, for spiritual direction, something I had been unable to do since December partly due to illness in January, and mostly due to the interruptions of public transportation due to New England winter weather February through early April.
Yesterday morning’s Eucharist was our monthly Requiem for departed members of the SSJE and various friends of the Society, so I added the final paragraph as a way of tying the theme of the sermon in with our liturgical observance, including reference to inclusion of the Communion of Saints. I have already shared a copy of this sermon with my spiritual director, Fr. Nicholas, OSB.
I owe a spiritual debt of gratitude to Abp. William Temple’s Readings in St. John’s Gospel for insights gained from frequent meditation on the appropriate chapter of that book.
David Allen, SSJE
The Gospel for this morning carries forward essentially the same theme as yesterday’s Gospel, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (Jn 3:16) In that verse (16) the focus is primarily on God’s love for the world, and his extremely generous gift of his only Son so that those who believe in him may not perish but may have eternal life. (Ibid.)
In order to understand today’s Gospel more clearly we should look back to the middle of this same Chapter 3. There we find the familiar verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (Jn. 3:16)