Did you know that there is a story in the Gospels where Jesus meets a gay man? Today is Pride Sunday, and we examine an encounter between Jesus and a Roman Centurion whose "pais" (sometimes translated: slave) is sick and near to death. He comes asking for healing – and in the context of this culture, Father John makes the argument that the proper understanding of this Greek word should be understood as the Centurion's male lover (this narrative occurs both in Matthew 8 and Luke 7). How did Jesus respond to this request? With not an ounce of condemnation. Listen, and be encouraged with the Good News that God accepts all of us as we were created - there is spiritual hope available for all persons, a message important for the LGBT+ community. Click the button below to listen.
Below is the Experience of the Early Christians sermon series, by Fr. John Rumple, in its entirety. Stream below, or download at this link.
Please note: sermons preached as part of the series, Who Do You Say That I Am?, are found at this link.