Homily for First Evening Prayer of St. Mary the Virgin

August 14, 2020; St. Stephen’s, Maple

Jeremiah 31:1-14

“Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel!”

I speak to you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Life has always involved struggle, on a personal and societal scale. From the struggle of the exiles in Babylon addressed by Jeremiah, to the struggle of Black and Indigenous lives here in North America, from the everyday stresses of parenting, to the challenges of staying connected in the middle of a global pandemic. We can wonder if we’ll actually make it through, wonder where our hope is to be found, be it personally or as a society. The stark Christian answer, in fact, is that on our own we aren’t up to the challenge, can’t hope to make it through.

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