At that time, Jesus said to the crowds of the Jews, “Which of you shall convince me of sin? If I say the truth to you, why do you not believe me: He that is of God heareth the words of God. Therefore you hear them not, because you are not of God.”
The Jews therefore answered and said to him: “Do not we say well that thou art a Samaritan and hast a devil?” Jesus answered: “I have not a devil: but I honor my Father. And you have dishonored me. But I seek not my own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. Amen, amen, I say to you: If any man keep my word, he shall not see death for ever.”
The Jews therefore said: “Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets: and thou sayest: If any man keep my word, he shall not taste death for ever. Art thou greater than our father Abraham who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Whom dost thou make thyself?”
Jesus answered: “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father that glorifieth me, of whom you say that he is your God. And you have not known him: but I know him. And if I shall say that I know him not, I shall be like to you, a liar. But I do know him and do keep his word. Abraham your father rejoiced that he might see my day: he saw it and was glad.” The Jews therefore said to him: “Thou art not yet fifty years old. And hast thou seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them: “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham was made, I AM.” They took up stones therefore to cast at him. But Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple. John 8:46-59
Yesterday was Passion Sunday, which meant all of the images on the alter have been covered. When I prayed Vespers and Compline last night, I looked up and the familiar images weren’t there, and I felt alone. It was a very, very strange sensation.
As well yesterday, I was on a zoom call that was the very first stages of planning a congregation of Queer people who value the liturgy as part of their faith. I’m very hopeful. One thing we wanted to ensure was to convey that this was not an idea that came about as a response to actions that have recently happened. We’ve been discussing this idea for years–and in recognizing there was a need to be filled in our community, decided now was the right time to bring people to the table.