Mirrors of Truth
We are arriving at the Reign of Christ Sunday (Christ the King). It is the conclusion of the seasons known as Kingdomtide and Pentecost. 2018 is one of the unusual years when the Reign of Christ Sunday comes after Thanksgiving.
The scripture lesson is from John’s Gospel, the 18th chapter. The lesson tells of Jesus’ encounter with Pilate — the Roman Governor who questions Jesus and has yet to be answered verbally for two millenia. Pilate asks “What is truth?” Jesus is SILENT — He just stands there. He has already given the answer by how he has lived. Truth is discovered in right relationships rather more than in right answers.
Parker Palmer in To Know As We Are Known writes “In prayer I begin to realize that I not only know but am known.” Palmer says “Truth is in relationship… “The hallmark of a community of truth is in its claim that reality is a web of communal relationships, and we can know reality only by being in community with it.”
So the sermon tomorrow will focus on the mirrors of truth I have known over the years — those who included me in the conversation toward truth. [You can find it on the church’s webpage at http://www.fumcsd.org.] I will be speaking of Olive and Sidney Anderson. We knew them in Atlanta when in graduate school and teaching at Emory. They worshiped, as did we, at Trinity UMC in downtown Atlanta. Here is a part of the story that unfolded slowly as we knew them: Anderson, Sidney (An Disheng) (1889 ~ 1978) – Methodist Mission Bicentennial.
Their amazing lives – the lives of these two were mirrors into the Reign of Christ which came into view as we were blessed to know folks like these and call them friends.
More recently another has demonstrated what God’s realm is about. Bob Wilson worships every Sunday at San Diego First UMC. He sits about six rows back on pulpit side. His wisdom and good will exudes to those around him. Recently Bob has made a generous response to the victims of wildfires in Paradise, California. You can read about it here: Bob Wilson’s Generosity. [http://enewspaper.sandiegouniontribune.com/infinit/article_share.aspx?guid=68587f94-6283-4340-ae0f-107fc920b4d9.
Folks like Sid and Olive Anderson and the Bob Wilson, each in their own special way, leave behind a legacy that answers the question “What is truth?” They answer through their lives, each in his/her own unique way.
Yeats speaks of the truth of legacy-making through relationships in this poem.
Though leaves are many, the root is one;
Through all the lying days of my youth
I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun,
Now may I wither into the truth.
William Butler Yeats, The Coming of Wisdom With Time