Thursday, February 21, 2019

From Mother Vicki

Reading from the Gospel for the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
“Jesus said: ‘’I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”     Luke 6:27-28

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Loving your enemies is probably the hardest thing to do.  How can you love someone who you know hates you, curses you out or has actually abused you in some horrible and inappropriate way?  What is Jesus talking about?

Martin Luther King Jr. realized that all of this is about the transformation of “other.”  Change of this magnitude cannot happen as long as we treat our enemies as enemies.  In 1959 after visiting India, the land of Mahatma Ghandi, he wrote, “True nonviolent resistance is not unrealistic submission to evil power.  It is rather a courageous confrontation of evil by the power of love, in the faith that it is better to be the recipient of violence than the inflictor of it, since the latter only multiplies the existence of violence and bitterness in the universe, while the former may develop a sense of shame in the opponent, and thereby bring about a transformation and a change of heart.”

Our Annual Meeting is on Sunday February 24th at noon in the Parish Hall.  You won’t want to miss this wonderful time of fellowship, lifting up new leadership, hearing about all of the miracles that God has blessed us with in 2018 and having an opportunity to thank those who have done such wonderful work as Senior Warden (Deborah DeBride) and as Vestry Class of 2019 (Chris Canty and Jen Longley).  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for work beautifully done!

Back to the Gospel.  How do we start this radical transformation based on loving our enemies?  In your prayers, lift up the names of those who are troubling you to Christ and let Christ’s love take over. God only knows what might happen!Anchor

In Christ and with love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota

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