Passing Through This World with a Pioneering Spirit
Fr Michael Rasicci’s homily for the 14th Sunday After Pentecost (09/10/2017). In the Readings, God tells Moses to prepare the Israelites for the first Passover. Paul tells the Romans to obey the commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself”. Matthew tells us what Jesus told his disciples about caring for the church and the power of two or more gathered in Jesus’ name–the Father will grant their wishes and Jesus will be among them. Today we celebrate being part of the Episcopal tradition of service to Batavia begun in 1842 by the service provided by the Right Reverend Philander Chase, a pioneer among American Episcopal churchmen. He provided the first Episcopal services in Batavia in 1842. Bishop Chase went all over the country, sharing his faith, and was a true pioneer. This world is not our home. We are all passing through here on our way to our real home with God. All of us need to have a pioneering attitude and spirit that allows us to reach out and share who and whose we are.
(Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 149; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20)