What is burned away in this fire are the lines that divide us — and without those lines the world as it is cannot go on.
The season of creation ends with hope, not because it is warranted, but because it is necessary. The season of creation ends with mountains, because in the biblical imagination, the mountain is the place where earth’s immanent suffering touches God’s transcendent healing. The mountain is the new heaven reaching the new earth. The mountain is the new Jerusalem, it is Zion, the city of God. The mountain is Moses bringing the law that saves. The mountain is Jesus preaching the sermon that reverses the relations of power. The mountain is the bizarre, surreal, dreamscape of the book of Revelation in which all the people of the world are finally gathered together in peace and creation is set right.
Texts: Acts 2:1-21 + Ps. 104:24-34,35b + 1 Cor. 12:3b-13 + John 20:19-23 No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:3b-13). I’ll admit that when I was young, this verse was confounding. I wondered if it could be true, in a literal way. I wondered if there was … Continue reading Sermon: Sunday, June 8, 2014: Day of Pentecost