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Friday, January 24, 2020
From the Desk of Fr. Ron……
The play and movie “Lion King” brings home the reality of the “circle of life.” Mortal life includes the joy of birth, growth and new experiences as well as the insecurity of physical illness and eventual death. However, no one can escape the “circle of life.” At the time that we commend our parents unto the Lord we are left to take their place as the elders of the family.
In this weekend’s Gospel passage from Matthew Chapter four Jesus receives news of John the baptizer’s arrest. He leaves the territory where John preached and returns north to Galilee, not to His home in Nazareth but to the northern area of the Sea of Galilee. Just as the death of parents thrusts us into our role as new elders, the arrest of John the Baptist signals Jesus’ beginnings of ministry. He begins where John the Baptist leaves off by proclaiming as John did: “Repent! For the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Unlike John, Jesus doesn’t baptize but with the power of God He begins to help people experience the freedom from sin, disease, and even death. To all those living in the rough reality of the shadows of sickness and death, Jesus is a light in the darkness; a ray of hope and healing. Skillfully, he enlists the assistance of local fishermen whose skill and talent He will need to transport Him around the Sea of Galilee. He fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who lived in a land of gloom a light has shone.” (Isaiah 9:1).
We as disciples or students of Jesus are also challenged to leave the safety of the school of learning within the Church and make a difference in the rough world around us. We too are challenged to be a light of hope and healing for many. It is now the time for us to rise to the occasion of our vocation and be a sign of the reign and Kingdom of God in our midst. Our world and current society need people filled with the light of hope. We need authentic people of compassion and action. May the Lord give us the strength to accept and live out our call; messengers of God’s Kingdom of Justice and Peace.
AN INTERESTING ARTICLE came across my social media desk that I wanted to share with you. Amazingly, it was published a few years ago in the “Evangelicals For Social Action” publication entitled: “Christianity Is Neither Democratic nor Republican – It’s Better Than Both.” It is reprinted in this weekend’s bulletin.
FR. RON AWAY ON MISSION I will be leaving on Wednesday, January 29th and return to the Parish on Thursday, February 13th. My travels will take me to the Diocese of Masaka Uganda, East Africa where I will be present for the inauguration of a new phase two addition to a medical store and warehouse sponsored by ROTA: Reaching Out 2 Africa. As founder and board president of ROTA I travel to the sites where with our mission partners we are enabled to complete certain projects that benefit many of our brothers and sisters. I’ll also be visiting a number of schools that have benefited from our local water project fundraising. My time, approximately two weeks, is part of my vacation allotment. Please pray for the safe travel of our four person team that begin our travels soon. Fr. John Leising, as well as other area priests will be assisting our parish in the interim. Thank you.