Archbishop Rowan Speaks at ACC15 of the Reckless Love of God

Podcast: Archbishop of Canterbury‘s ACC opening Eucharist Sermon


Posted On : October 28, 2012 7:52 AM | Posted By : Webmaster
Related Categories: ACC

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams gave the sermon at today’s beautiful opening eucharist for the ACC-15 meeting at Auckland‘s Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Speaking on the Gospel reading, John 15:17-27, he said we all needed to remember that while the world around us is a place where love is conditional, Jesus punctures that view of love.” He said that the challenge for the Church is rethinking love & belonging. “We are to create more belonging with those who don’t belong…” he said. “The church is whatever in us says ‘yes’ to the reckless love of God, that reaches out in mission.”

Duration: 19:26 | File Size: 17.8MB

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I found this sermon, given by ++Rowan, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland – to the ACC15 and a gathered congregation – to be infinitely inspiring. Rowan speaks of a God whose love is uncaused, and reckless, for all humanity. Our task, as followers of Jesus, is to share this reckless love with – not only one another in the Church (people like ourselves) but with everyone – especially those who may have seemed to us to be unlovable because of their difference from ourselves. God’s love has no boundaries, and if we are to become his servants, we are to emulate that love of God.

I found this profoundly and heart-shakingly moving. Please do click onto the podcast.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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