Padre Alberto’s first sermon
The Rev. Alberto Cutié gave the sermon at the Episcopal Church of The Resurrection in Miami. Episcopalian priests can marry, unlike their Catholic counterparts.
He had barely said good morning when Cutié received a standing ovation. A handful of people held their personal cameras in the air, capturing what they could.
Cutié looked out at the crowd and said, “I am humbled by your presence here.”
He then delivered a sermon that spoke of common themes — God’s love, faith and perseverance — with a few lighter moments referring to his leaving the Catholic church thrown in.
In his sermon, Cutié spoke of a sea captain lost at sea for so long he ran out of water for his crew. Then another ship came by and told the ships crew to lower their buckets. The captain thought this was crazy.
Except, it turns out, the ship had wandered into an area with fresh water.
It was a theme he returned to several times — the love of God is here for all. But first we must lower our buckets.
Cutié closed his sermon saying, “Church is about living in the spirit of God, and the spirit of God is love.”
For the past month the debate in my comments section has raged on, and the comments have become increasingly vicious. It’s time they stop. We need to draw from the waters of human kindness, to use Alberto’s metaphor.
I have an announcement to make:
Padre Alberto has made a decision that I feel is the right decision, and the best decision for him. The time for the debate has ended as far as my blog goes.
You are welcome to offer support and encouragement to Padre Alberto, which he will need in the years to come. All other comments will be deleted.
Commenters at this blog are my guests and if you have bad things to say about this good man, you can start your own blog.