Year A Proper 16: inside-out day

Today, we took our service out on to the lawn. In keeping with inside-out day, my congregation preached the gospel to me.
I asked them who they thought Jesus was, and they told me: Son of God, healer, preacher, prophet, teacher, healer, hope, promise, the spark of the divine that lights up within each of us and united us to the life and light of God; God Incarnate.
Incarnate. Every time I really think about the promise of a god who loves us so much as to become flesh and blood, live with us, die with us, come back for us; when I think about what God is and what we are, it blows my mind to imagine God becoming incarnate.
Then I carry on as though nothing happened.
This morning, my congregation reminded me of the gospel. Truly, they are the rocks upon which our church is built.
Alleluia. Amen.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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