Nothing More Practical

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A homily preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC, March 1, 2017, Ash Wednesday.

Texts: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21


We need more love in the world.  I imagine we might all agree with that.  But what kind of love do we need more of?  Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, suggests we need more eros.  Not the over-sexualized kind of love that is often associated with this Greek word for love, but rather the profound attraction and desire that draws us “towards something beyond [ourselves] which gives meaning—the other person that I love, the God I seek to love.”  Williams connects this desire to our yearning for meaning and acceptance.[i]  What if our eros was understood not as lust, but as desire for the one who will love us, hold us, be patient with us as we learn to trust, as we learn to let go of control, as we allow ourselves to be vulnerable enough to [...]