Liberty | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Liberty | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

It has always surprised me that the assigned Gospel reading for July 4 is Matthew 5:43-48, which includes Jesus saying this: You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. This commission doesn’t seem to fit with fireworks and triumphant march music. On a day when we commemorate victorious nationalism, it seems odd that the church wants us to focus on love and prayer.

Liberty | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Julian | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Today is the day in our church calendar when we remember Julian of Norwich, a woman who could be the patron saint of our current circumstances. Julian was born in 1343, and lived in the English city of Norwich during a time of plague and the social unrest that followed. People were sick and dying. Religious dissent met with violent ends. Demands for justice went unheard, or were immediately and brutally suppressed. And while all suffered, those who were poor bore the worst of the economic fallout at that time.

Liberty | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Early Valentine | The Reverend Doctor Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Valentine’s Day came early here at Holy Apostles, in the form of our Black History Month celebration last Sunday honoring the life and legacy of Bayard Rustin. What a glorious event! A full church, with people in attendance representing so many of the communities that are part of our extended embrace: Soup Kitchen volunteers and guests, neighbors who live at Penn South and other buildings nearby, friends from other Episcopal congregations, people affiliated with groups that regularly rent space here, musicians, people representing elected officials, Community Board members, activists, sisters and brothers from other faith traditions. Everyone there brought their enthusiasm and their good will. The presentation was moving, the food was delicious, the questions interesting and the collective singing rousing. All in all, an inspiring experience…..

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