Redemptive Power of Love

The most interesting part of Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for me was Bishop Michael’s Curry’s sermon. One writer, Ruth Graham wrote that it was one of the most memorable moments. Curry who is the head of the American Episcopal Church, a denomination that is related to the Church of England, opened and closed his sermon with quotes from Rev. Martin Luther King Jr: “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love,” he began. “And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.” Curry also quoted Charles Marsh, a religious studies professor at the University of Virginia, USA: “Jesus had founded the most revolutionary movement in human history.” He continued with Marsh writing “a movement built on the unconditional love of God for the world and the mandate to live that love.” Curry’s sermon was a powerful argument for the enduring power of progressive Christianity and world-transforming power of love. Curry however convincingly defined ‘love’ as an attribute deeper than romantic connection. “Imagine our homes and families where love is the way. Imagine our neighborhoods and communities where love is the way. Imagine our governments and countries when love is the way. Imagine business and commerce where this love is the way.” he spoke to the congregation listening and multitudes watching, as he concluded the sermon. “No child would go to bed hungry in such a world. Justice will roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever flowing brook in such world.  Poverty would become history in such world. The Earth would be as a sanctuary and we will lay down our swords and shields, down by the riverside, to study war no more in such a world.” Bishop Michael message was indeed both a call to faith and a call action.

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God and those who love are born of God and know God. Those who do not love do not know God. For God is love.” ~ Scripture.


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