Excerpt from sermon:
Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24) Taking up our crosses means going where God hears the cries of God’s people so we can respond in love. Sometimes it will challenge us. Sometimes it will be risky. But the closer we follow Jesus, the more we will reach out to the stranger; assist those in need; heal the sick; comfort those who mourn; and speak out against discrimination, oppression, violence, and hate. When we take up our crosses we are acknowledging that God hears the cries of God’s people and that we are answering God’s call to live in justice, peace, and love.
“Take up the Cross of Love” Sermon by the Rev. Jay Lawlor
Video of sermon preached by the Rev. Jay Lawlor on the 13th Sunday After Pentecost Proper 17 Year A, September 3, 2017 at Holy Family Episcopal Church in Fishers, IN.