The Sixth Sunday of Easter
Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire…
These words are found in our Collect for this Sunday. What could they mean? The fulfillment of the promises of God exceed all our desire!!??
It’s not often that Christianity is presented or thought of as a religion that fulfills our desires. For many of us, it might have seemed the opposite—Christianity calls us away from our desires, commands us to deny them or crucify them even!
What I hope to do this Sunday with the help from the words of Jesus himself, is to defend the claim of the Collect which I take to be nothing less than that Christianity is a religion (or better a Way) to the participation in a Desire that not only purifies our desires of their selfish consumptive qualities, but opens them to their eternal capacities in God. In short, the Collect claims that when God fulfills his promises they are in perfect congruence with our deepest and most profound longings and desires.
See you on Sunday!