Andrus' address to Prop 8 rally at SF City Hall

Posted on August 4, 2010

The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus addresses a rally at SF City Hall gathered to celebrate the court's decision to overturn Proposition 8.Another generation said, “Blessed are,” when they translated Jesus’ great words to those walking the path of peace and reconciliation. Some today have translated “Blessed are” as “Congratulations!”


So, today Jesus says to you, “Congratulations, you who have been mourning! You are being comforted!”


“Congratulations all of you who have been hungering and thirsting for righteousness! Aren’t you feeling filled and nourished now?”


“Congratulations, all of you who have been compassionate with those who have hated you and acted against you, and who still do! You are able to receive the world’s compassion in turn.”


“Congratulations all you peacemakers. You truly are God’s children, for God brings peace.”


“And congratulations all of you who have been persecuted for the sake of goodness! You live in a different world now, where God is all-in-all, and love is over all.”


All these congratulations and blessings are so that we can keep on moving, to extend congratulations to LGBT people in places where persecution is still intense, to use our great energies to help children get food and education, to give strength and support to women everywhere, to fight world-class diseases like HIV/AIDS, to heal the wounded planet.


We rejoice today, and tomorrow we continue the fight, lending our strength, the blessing of God, to those who need it.