As a Christian, if I mention the Royal Wedding, I think it’s obvious what I’m going to point out. THAT sermon by Bishop Michael Curry.
It was such a powerful moment that the post-wedding news coverage is focussing on it more than the tiara, the veil and the dress. Even this morning at the train station, I heard people talking about how it cut through the “sobriety” of the whole wedding, and made them “really think”.
There’s so much I could talk about, but ultimately it was a great reminder of the God we serve, and the potential we have to spread the revolution that Jesus started. The main thing? That love and fire go hand in hand. I don’t think it’s a coincidence this sermon took place around Pentecost – a celebration of when the fire of God came down upon the first Christians (Acts chapter 2).
“De Chardin said fire was one of the greatest discoveries in human history. And then he went on to say that if humanity ever harnesses the energy of fire again, if humanity ever captures the energy of love – it will be the second time in history we have discovered that fire.” – Bishop Michael Curry
This year, Fusion is all about the fire. The fire of God, specifically. It’s the fuel for the love of Jesus, the love that Michael Curry talked about and was watched by millions across the world. Acting on this love shows others our faith isn’t a hobby: it’s a lifestyle and a catalyst for action. The fire of God can truly change the world.
How does that look in the everyday though? Perhaps you’re swamped with exams or wrestling with thoughts of the future, and it’s hard to feel like you know where that fire is coming from. That fire comes from making the most of every moment and every opportunity given to you by God. It comes from praying, and stopping waiting for exams to be over, for a holiday, for your new housemates or for your first job.
One of the best examples of this I have heard was of a group of Christians at university, who in the midst of their own exams, used their study breaks to stand outside the library offering free cake and sandwiches to people.
This fiery love is self-sacrificing and catching, but it’s also in the everyday.
So, what’s stopping you? Ask God for the energy of his fire and his love, for the Holy Spirit, and get ready to change the world, one small step at a time.