All Saints Messenger - February 15, 2018

posted Feb 20, 2018, 10:27 AM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Gods don't suffer. And they definitely don't die! They intervene capriciously with human affairs and are usually impervious to our pleas for justice. The notion that God would participate in the depths of suffering--six feet deep to be precise--is completely absurd. Unless, of 
course, that God had a passionate love for humanity that could only be expressed by joining fully in the human experience. Knowing that God has stood with us and for us for the sake of love and freedom, we too are called to proclaim love to others knowing that we are freed to do so.

The passionate love of Jesus in the flesh is now released into the world as we are made alive in our baptism. The suffering that comes from standing with and for others is 
now redeemed in Christ. We can now face the toughest challenges that our world faces knowing that we belong to God. As James Baldwin said, "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

This is a good spiritual practice for this Lent. May you face that which you need to face with the knowledge and freedom that although what you face may not change or improve or be solved or can be free in the truth that you decided to face it and grow.

Jesus, teach us how to die before we die. Show us that true power is in vulnerability. Help us put down our weapons and pick up our cross. Amen.

See ya Sunday!