More broadly, human history is marked by events that change us, transform us, that become markers, guideposts if you will…they form our present reality no matter how far in the past they may be. Most of us can recall where we were and what we were doing on September 11, 2001. We speak now of American culture as being “Post 9/11” for we cannot go back to a time before that date. Countless other events have shaped our culture, which in turn shape us as a people, and no matter how ancient they may be, they always feel like present, inescapable realities. These moments, these events, both painful and joyous, mark our lives and give us points of reference by which we orient ourselves…orient our thinking, our actions, our whole lives. For the Hebrew people, the Passover and the Exodus are events like no other.
nk this cup, the Lord is extending to us an opportunity to be more deeply knit into his life, to become a better version of ourselves than we were yesterday. In a sense, we are given the chance to experience another Passover. May this day, and every time we taste the splendor of these precious gifts, become an event we look back on and say, “I will sing songs of this day forever.”
*A sermon preached at St. Andrew's On-the-Sound Episcopal Church in Wilmington, NC on September 7, 2014. The texts were Exodus 12:1-14, Romans 13:8-14 and Matthew 15-20.