I hope you’ll take some time to look at the photos in this email of our trip on Tuesday to Albany, where we went to lobby—literally!—for the Community and Climate Protection Act, which will move New York State to a completely fossil fuel free economy by 2050. We saw Al Taylor, and spoke with both Robert Jackson’s and Carmen De La Rosa’s staff. They seem to be on board—for the sake of our future and our children’s future, we need to keep them on board. You don’t have to go to Albany to do that. We’re fortunate to have elected officials that will listen to you right in their local office. So go talk to them and tell them what’s important for you and for your family.
This Sunday, we get to hear about the call of Isaiah. This is the source for one of the high points of our weekly liturgy, called the Sanctus, or the Holy, Holy, Holy. There are a couple ways to think about this moment, but here’s the way I think about it. I learned in Confirmation that when we come to the Communion table, Jesus is there, Jesus brings with him everyone who has ever lived, who has ever died, and anyone who will be born. Christ is really present in the bread and the wine, and all of heaven, too. Immanuel is here with us. Of course, Chris is always with us, but hidden. Yet in the Eucharist, Christ promises to be present, and together with him, all of the heavenly hosts, all the saints who have gone before us, and all who are yet to come.
In other words, it’s wholly holy. We sing because God has come to us and united us in a vision of all things coming together into one beautiful feast.