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Presiding Bishop Calls Demon, "Holy Spirit"
Episcopal New Service ^ | May 12, 2013 | Katherine Jeffords-Schori

Posted on 05/20/2013 9:15:58 PM PDT by dangus

The following is the homily Katherine Jeffords Schori read in Caracas, Venezuela. The topic is the passage from Acts, wherein Paul drives out what the bible plainly identifies as a demon from a girl.


The beauty of this place is legendary. It is beautiful – and fragile, for its beauty depends on a dynamic balance among the parts of this island system. Many people don’t notice beauty around them until it’s gone. When we go somewhere that looks very different, often it takes a long time to appreciate that it has beauty, even though it’s a different kind of beauty. Some people never do learn to value the different kinds of loveliness in the world around us. One of the gifts of this remarkable island is its diverse mixture of desert and tropics on land and sea – and even more so, the beauty of its different peoples, languages, and heritages. Yet the history of this place tells some tragic stories about the inability of some to see the beauty in other skin colors or the treasure of cultures they didn’t value or understand.

Human beings have a long history of discounting and devaluing difference, finding it offensive or even evil. That kind of blindness is what leads to oppression, slavery, and often, war. Yet there remains a holier impulse in human life toward freedom, dignity, and the full flourishing of those who have been kept apart or on the margins of human communities. It’s a tendency that seems to emerge along a common timeline. Formal legal structures that permitted human slavery ended here and in many parts of the world within a relatively short span of time. It doesn’t mean that slavery is finished today, but at least it’s no longer legal in most places. Even so, slavery continues in the form of human trafficking and the kind of exploitation that killed so many garment workers in Bangladesh recently.

We live with the continuing tension between holier impulses that encourage us to see the image of God in all human beings and the reality that some of us choose not to see that glimpse of the divine, and instead use other people as means to an end. We’re seeing something similar right now in the changing attitudes and laws about same-sex relationships, as many people come to recognize that different is not the same thing as wrong. For many people, it can be difficult to see God at work in the world around us, particularly if God is doing something unexpected.

There are some remarkable examples of that kind of blindness in the readings we heard this morning, and slavery is wrapped up in a lot of it. Paul is annoyed at the slave girl who keeps pursuing him, telling the world that he and his companions are slaves of God. She is quite right. She’s telling the same truth Paul and others claim for themselves.[1] But Paul is annoyed, perhaps for being put in his place, and he responds by depriving her of her gift of spiritual awareness. Paul can’t abide something he won’t see as beautiful or holy, so he tries to destroy it. [Note: The bible proclaims that this was a demon.] It gets him thrown in prison. That’s pretty much where he’s put himself by his own refusal to recognize that she, too, shares in God’s nature, just as much as he does – maybe more so! The amazing thing is that during that long night in jail he remembers that he might find God there – so he and his cellmates spend the night praying and singing hymns.

An earthquake opens the doors and sets them free, and now Paul and his friends most definitely discern the presence of God. The jailer doesn’t – he thinks his end is at hand. This time, Paul remembers who he is and that all his neighbors are reflections of God, and he reaches out to his frightened captor. This time Paul acts with compassion rather than annoyance, and as a result the company of Jesus’ friends expands to include a whole new household. It makes me wonder what would have happened to that slave girl if Paul had seen the spirit of God in her.

The reading from Revelation pushes us in the same direction, outward and away from our own self-righteousness, inviting us to look harder for God’s gift and presence all around us. Jesus says he’s looking for everybody, anyone who’s looking for good news, anybody who is thirsty. There are no obstacles or barriers – just come. God is at work everywhere, even if we can’t or won’t see it immediately.

The gospel insists that Jesus has given glory to the growing company of his friends and disciples so they can be all be one. When we recognize the glory of another human being, we become her advocate, and we begin to see him as friend. The word that’s used for glory has echoes that speak of awe, and gravitas, and deep significance. The glory we’ve received is something like a grand ceremonial garment, maybe even a shining face like Moses’, that says to those around us, “here comes the image of God.” The world begins to change when we see that glorious skin shining on our brothers’ and sisters’ faces.

The great loves in our lives come from a deep recognition of the glory in another human being and a desire to share that glory. When Jesus speaks of oneness, he’s moving in that direction. What would the world be like if we could love not only our lovers, but every human being with that kind of starry-eyed passion? The glory is there to see in all of us. Certainly God sees that glory. Most of us have eyes that can see that glory in one or a few other human beings. Learning to see that glory all around us is a good part of what the Christian life is all about. Slavery, war, and discrimination are only possible when we fail to see the glory in those people. Why does Jesus tell us to pray for our enemies, except to begin to discern their glory?[Note: sometimes, for their conversion?]

We live in a time when we need to see the glory of God in every other human being, and also in the rest of creation. This fragile earth, our island home, is also shining with the glory of its creator. If human beings are going to flourish on this planet, we’ll need to learn to see the glory of God at work in all its parts. When we can be awed at the beauty of a sunset or the delicate complexity of an orchid or the remarkable diversity of a coral reef, we’ll be much more wary about using it for our own selfish ends.

Looking for the reflection of God’s glory all around us means changing our lenses, or letting the scales on our eyes fall away. That kind of change isn’t easy for anyone, but it’s the only road to the kingdom of God. We are here, among all the other creatures of God’s creation, to be transformed into the glory intended from the beginning. The next time we feel the pain of that change, perhaps instead of annoyance or angry resentment we might pray for a new pair of glasses. When resentment about difference or change builds up within us, it’s really an invitation to look inward for the wound that cries out for a healing dose of glory. We will find it in the strangeness of our neighbor. Celebrate that difference – for it’s necessary for the healing of this world – and know that the wholeness we so crave lies in recognizing the glory of God’s creative invitation. God among us in human form is the most glorious act we know. We are meant to be transformed into the same kind of glory. Let’s pray that God’s glory may shine in us and in all creatures!


Note: This homily was delivered in Caracas, where the Catholic Church has been struggling to rid the church of pagan syncretism, but a Marxist claiming to be Catholic has been threatening diabolical curses on his opposition. His government is aligned with the international drug dealers who use fear of spiritist powers to terrorize the people. So Schori is throwing down with the drug lords and spiritists in opposition to the Catholic church (and any other Christian church).


TOPICS: Current Events; Ecumenism; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: catholic

1 posted on 05/20/2013 9:15:58 PM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.


2 posted on 05/20/2013 9:21:32 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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To: dangus

The Episcopal church has devolved into being a gay/Marxist
pit of Hell.
I was once the senior warden of a very very old Episcopal church.


3 posted on 05/20/2013 9:25:44 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: melsec

The only unforgiveable sin.

“I promise you that any of the sinful things you say or do can be forgiven, no matter how terrible those things are. But if you speak against the Holy Spirit, you can never be forgiven. That sin will be held against you forever.” — Mark 3:28-29


4 posted on 05/20/2013 9:31:23 PM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: melsec

Paul also said women shouldn’t speak in church. Should be applied here, I think.


5 posted on 05/20/2013 9:31:56 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: dangus
the homily Katherine Jeffords Schori read

Well, there's their first mistake.

7 posted on 05/20/2013 9:41:44 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: dangus

Acts
16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,


8 posted on 05/20/2013 9:48:20 PM PDT by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: dangus

read


9 posted on 05/20/2013 9:51:23 PM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: dangus
Acts 16:16-24 (Knox Bible)

"16 And now, as we were on our way to the place of prayer, we chanced to meet a girl who was possessed by a divining spirit; her predictions brought in large profits to her masters. 17 This girl used to follow behind Paul and the rest of us, crying out, These men are the servants of the most high God; they are proclaiming to us the way of salvation. 18 And when she had done this for a number of days, Paul was distressed by it; he turned round and said to the spirit, I command thee to come out of her, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; and there and then it came out of her.

19 Her masters, who saw that all their hopes of profit had vanished, took hold of Paul and Silas and dragged them off to justice in the market-place. 20 When they brought them before the magistrates, they said, These men, Jews by origin, are disturbing the peace of our city; 21 they are recommending customs which it is impossible for us, as Roman citizens, to admit or to observe. 22 The crowd gathered round, to join in the accusation; and the magistrates, tearing their clothes off them, gave orders that they should be beaten; 23 then, when they had inflicted many lashes on them, put them in prison, and bade the gaoler keep them in safe custody. 24 Thus instructed, he put them in the inner ward, and secured their feet in the stocks. "

11 posted on 05/20/2013 9:56:36 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: dangus

Well clearly she slept through theology 101


12 posted on 05/20/2013 10:12:07 PM PDT by reaganaut (Kyrie eleison...Christe eleison...Kyrie eleison)
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To: huldah1776

Yes most definitely!


13 posted on 05/20/2013 10:16:23 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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To: dangus; Salvation; Chode

This church has just gone off the deep end and that is all I have to say about it.


14 posted on 05/20/2013 11:05:23 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: dangus

How long before they are openly calling for sacrificing babies to the Lilith?


15 posted on 05/20/2013 11:13:00 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: dangus

http://themcj.com/?p=40283


16 posted on 05/20/2013 11:14:29 PM PDT by Josh Painter (Shorter Obamunists: "We are the people the founding fathers warned us about.")
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To: dangus

Here’s her wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine_Jefferts-Schori

Why am I not surprised she supports abortion, gay marriage, and is against the belief of individual salvation?


17 posted on 05/20/2013 11:19:01 PM PDT by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: dangus

Leaving aside this “bishop’s” lack of doctrinal and scriptural understanding, which is abysmal and already well commented upon, I note an error in the preface of the article.

She delivered the address at an Episcopal church in Steenrijk, Curacao; not Caracas, Venezuela.

Caracas is the seat of the diocese of the parish she was visiting.

http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2013/05/13/presiding-bishop-preaches-in-curacao-diocese-of-venezuela/#_ftn1

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/diocese/venezuela?page=0%2C1


18 posted on 05/20/2013 11:52:31 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Morgana
done and done...
19 posted on 05/21/2013 4:40:21 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: GeronL

They already call abortion a Sacrament.

http://www.hli.org/index.php?option=com_acajoom&act=mailing&task=view&listid=2&mailingid=60

“There’s more. An Episcopal “priestess,” Carter Hayward said, “Abortion would be a sacrament if women were in charge. Abortion should be a sacrament even today. I suspect that for many women today, and for their spouses, lovers, families and communities, abortion is celebrated as such, an occasion of deep and serious and sacred meaning.” No comment is really necessary here.”


20 posted on 05/21/2013 6:40:08 AM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: dangus
Schori's fashion sense is catching on! Can you guess which picture DOESN'T show actual vestments?
21 posted on 05/21/2013 7:37:59 AM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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To: ApplegateRanch

My bad. I’m not used to international dioceses, being a Catholic. In the Catholic church, such a diocese would hardly extend beyond the suburbs.


22 posted on 05/21/2013 7:42:22 AM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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To: dangus

LOL, I haven’t seen that one of her wearing the oven mitt for a while! Hehehe.


23 posted on 05/21/2013 9:24:29 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: dangus

OMG:

“”JESUS IS THE GOODEST PERSON IN THE WHOLE WORLD” is written around the hem of the fishy vestment.

However, the “Moonboot Chasuble” is quite fetching. I suspect that one is the fake. LOL.


24 posted on 05/21/2013 12:19:48 PM PDT by left that other site ((Ban the ubiquitous and deadly solvent, Di-hydrogen monoxide!!!))
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To: left that other site

No, sorry... the fake is the Strawberry Shortcake snuggie. Or is that the one you mean by moonboot?


25 posted on 05/21/2013 6:35:59 PM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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To: dangus

That’s the one! :-)


26 posted on 05/21/2013 6:37:43 PM PDT by left that other site ((Ban the ubiquitous and deadly solvent, Di-hydrogen monoxide!!!))
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To: left that other site

Yeah, I guess that’s the one you’re calling “moonboot.”


27 posted on 05/21/2013 6:37:51 PM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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To: left that other site

I guess the giveaway is that the woman wearing it doesn’t look like a lesbian.


28 posted on 05/21/2013 6:38:45 PM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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To: dangus

Indeed! LOL!


29 posted on 05/21/2013 6:43:56 PM PDT by left that other site ((Ban the ubiquitous and deadly solvent, Di-hydrogen monoxide!!!))
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To: left that other site

She does, however, look very desperate and lonely.


30 posted on 05/22/2013 3:17:53 PM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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