A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
December 14, 2019
NOTES FROM DEACON YANISH
January 5, 2018
There is no such thing!
I recently read this: “There is no such thing on earth as a perfect church. If there was, we surely would not be members!”
Newsflash: We humans are not perfect. Some of us do, however, have a pretty high opinion of ourselves, don’t we?
This feast of Epiphany is defined as a moment when you suddenly feel that you understand or all at once become conscious of something that is very important to you. Something that had probably never occurred to you before.
SUDDENLY it’s very important to you.
Suddenly it’s VERY IMPORTANT to you.
Suddenly it’s very important TO YOU.
As we continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus, we now acknowledge the arrival of the Magi, and through this event God the Father informs the world that the mission of Jesus is for everyone; Jew and Gentile and everyone else. God’s love does not discriminate. It embraces everything and everyone. And neither is His unconditional compassion for only the “chosen few.”
Jesus invites each one of us by name to embrace this model of universal compassion. “Be merciful, just as your Father in heaven is merciful.” This day and throughout the Christmas season (and every day, actually) our church celebrates God’s generosity and love which never ends. Jesus wants us to share it equally with everyone around us despite whatever their failings and mistakes happen to be. The Epiphany shows to the world the limitless mercy and love for each human being.
When Jesus asks us to be “perfect just as your Heavenly Father is perfect,” Jesus is asking us to light the way. If God gives so freely of His compassion, can’t we do that
also? May we all pray for peace in our world, in our country, in our state, in our city, in our families, and especially within ourselves.