Bishop Michael Curry from the American Episcopal Church preached a sermon at the Royal Wedding last Saturday which divided opinion. It was a “marmite” sermon – you either hated it or you loved it. It was either inappropriate and too long for a Royal Wedding, or it was just what we all needed to hear, especially in a week where we marked the anniversary of the Manchester bombings and Grenfell Tower. Whatever your opinion, Bishop Curry’s sermon is perhaps the most talked about sermon in recent world history. In case you missed it, here’s an extract on the theme of the love that Jesus offers
If you don’t believe me, just stop and think and imagine, think and imagine, well, think and imagine a world where love is the way. Imagine our homes and families when love is the way. Imagine neighborhoods and communities where love is the way. Imagine governments and nations where love is the way. Imagine business and commerce when love is the way. Imagine this tired old world when love is the way.
When love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive, when love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing brook. When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the Earth will be a sanctuary. When love is the way, we will lay down our swords and shields, down by the riverside, to study war no more. When love is the way, there’s plenty good room, plenty good room, for all of god’s children because when love is the way, we actually treat each other well, like we are actually family. When love is the way, we know that god is the source of us all and we are brothers and sisters, children of god. My brothers and sisters, that’s a new heaven, a new Earth, a new world, a new human family.