Trumpet Voice Sunday February 9 2020
Bible Text: Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12) • 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) • Matthew 5:13-20 | Preacher: The Rev. Dr. John Joseph Mastandrea | I always marvel at musicians who can play the trumpet. They take a deep breath and exhale, and music is born.
We are the trumpet of proclamation when we exhale the first breath of the day.
I remember buying a shofar, an ancient Hebrew version of the trumpet, fashioned from animal horn. The shofar when sounded represented a call of warning, of battle and taking a stand.
Maya Anjelou exhaled and spoke these words. “Out of the huts of history shame, I rise. I am the dream and the hope of the slave”.
The text exhales, “shout out with gusto, with rhetoric, divine indictment and prophetic proclamation. Shout out with the Black women mystics. It’s so important that all people recognize themselves as God’s image
It is so important to loosen the bonds of injustice.
It’s so important to bridge the gap between seeking God and living God’s way of life.
It’s so important the we hear the call to create peaceful change.
It’s so important to state that the root of violence is the illusion of separation from God, from being one with oneself and everything else.
It’s so important that we speak God’s wisdom, in our weakness, in our fear and trembling. It’s so important that we claim the power of the living God.
It’s so important that we are the salt of the earth. In our capacity to seek justice, show mercy and be peace makers.
It’s so important to proclaim the fact that Africa can feed itself in a generation if the leaders show political will.
It’s so important that we, who are the salt, do not lose our taste for impasse.
It’s so important that we restore the salt as we hear again the words, during black history month, of Mary Shadd, the African Canadian founder of the Abolitionist movement in North America.
It’s so important the we hear the voice of Viola Desmand the African Canadian woman who took a stand for African Canadian women in Nova Scotia so that they could learn about and become hair dressers in a segregated community.
It’s so important to know that we are the trumpet, to shout out, to loosen the bonds of injustice, to speak God’s wisdom, be the salt of the earth and to fulfill the law.
Tanya Talega fulfills the law of justice when she recounts a student revolt at a residential school, explaining why it’s symptomatic of a general revolt: Indigenous people in Canada have been planning and mobilizing to create a political space for themselves for a long time.
Now it’s time to shout out, to be the trumpet voice.
Now is the time to be the third voice of non-violence, between flight and flight.
Walter reminds us that Jesus calls it “a narrow path”.
Now it is the time to let the oppressed go free.
To be the trumpet voice and to shout out. “We are the trumpet.”
In the words of Howard Thurman, the spiritual elder and genius behind the civil rights movement, who was a profound mystic, as well as a prophet. From his childhood days, growing up on the land near the sea, in Florida, he found God in creation.
Consider this testimony from his autobiography.
“As a child, the boundaries of my life
spilled over into the mystery of the ocean
and wonder of the dark nights
and the wooing of the wind
until the breath of Nature
and my own breath seemed to be one—
it was resonant to the tonality of God. This was a part of my cosmic religious experience as I grew up.”