Absalom Jones

On Sunday, Father Chase gave a sermon on Luke 5: 1-11 in which Jesus tells James, John and Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people." This brought to mind a sermon given by Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows at the General Convention in July, 2018. Bishop Jennifer was the first African American woman to be elected diocesan bishop and was the preacher at the Absalom Jones service attended by Canterbury students this past Saturday.

In this sermon she says, "Lest we forget, we are being sent forth by Jesus. Is that too obvious? In our excitement to get back by home let us remember that we are being sent forth by Jesus who lived life on the margins. We are being sent forth by Jesus who chose to cast his lot with the least, the lost, and the lonely. We are being sent forth by Jesus who found himself entangled with the criminal justice system of his day. We are being sent forth by Jesus who loved his friends enough to accept their betrayal and desertion. We are being sent forth by Jesus who hung to die in the heat of the day feeling the abandonment of God and people alike. And we are being sent forth by Jesus who after he was crucified and died, rose victorious over death as he promised and returned to his friends who at first could not, would not believe it. But once they did, they began to set the world on fire with his love."

We are reminded of our spiritual mission and commitment of spreading the word of love and belonging! This semester let's walk this way of Jesus, this Way of Love together!

Maria, NYU’20