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Crowned with Glory and Honor

June 15, 2014

A sermon preached by the Rev. Jeffrey A. Geary at the White Plains Presbyterian Church on Trinity Sunday, June 15, 2014

Psalm 8         Matthew 28: 16-20

“What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God.”

To think, that the Sovereign Creator of the universe has entrusted the care of this world and all within it, into our hands. It’s a daunting, humbling thought. And when we think of ourselves, we rarely if ever, consider ourselves to have been created “a little lower than God.” More often we see what we lack, what we cannot do, what we have not achieved. We worry that we are not up to par, we do not meet the standard. At work we do outcomes based testing, pouring over the metrics to see how closely we’ve met the goals set for our department last year. And in school, we test our children over and over, we even test them for how they will take the tests.

And in our own personal lives? There are times when we are so weighed down by the barriers placed before us by society, the economy, the media, our schools, our families, our church, that all we can bring into focus is what we cannot seem to do, what we have not been able to secure, what we cannot change about ourselves and the myriad of ways we appear to fall short.   From this some of us become perfectionists – people unable to let anything go, people so driven for precision, so terrified of what will happen if mistakes are made that we try to control everyone and everything around us. It’s an impossible task of course, but that does not stop us from trying.

But what is perfection? And who is perfect?

“What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.”

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Pro Infirmis, a Swiss charity organization for people with disabilities created this project and made this video. And as I watched this week, and reflected on the tag line “Who’s perfect. Get closer.” I realized in a new way, that there is a connection between perfection and privilege.

Privilege is a standard of perfection that some of us are more able to achieve than others. Privilege is a standard of perfection that some of us are more able to achieve than others. Our world privileges some people over others, some skills and gifts over others, and, frankly, some people over others.

But for God, there’s no standing on privilege. For God, there’s no need for perfection. For God has made us all, made us all, just a little lower than God and more, God has crowned us with glory and honor.

What would it mean if we could recognize the glory and honor God has bestowed up on us, upon all of us. What would it mean if our differences caused us not to fear, not to shrink away, not to hide from each other, but rather, to get closer?

Step by step, may we shed our disguises and our fears, let us meet together, face-to-face, human being-to-human being, let us bring all of who we are and let us receive all of what another offers us, and then may we begin to see the glory and honor with which we’ve been crowned.

The peace of Christ be with you.

[On this Sunday, the passing of the peace immediately followed the sermon, allowing the congregation to mingle and hug]

 

 

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