All Saints Messenger - February 2, 2017

posted Feb 2, 2017, 12:18 PM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

The first time I was at sea on a destroyer I went forward to the Forecastle (foc'sle in Navy terminology) also known as the front part of the ship or bow. As I climbed the ladder to the main deck I was struck by the power of light in the darkness of the night. Once my eyes had acclimated to the darkness after emerging from a well lit passageway the moonlight seemed to be able to light up everything. I could see the horizon, the ripples of the waves and yes, the dolphins swimming alongside us. It seemed like I could see forever, even though it was very dark. It was as if nighttime were not so. Light truly was not overcome by the darkness.

In Mathew's fifth chapter Jesus calls his followers to be the ones that shine bright in the darkness...that is Jesus' reality. This calling has found its way into the liturgy of baptism and in many ways serves as the marching orders for those of us who follow Christ. Like the moonlight on a dark night at sea, you also are called to shine in such a way that the power of darkness is overcome by the gift of light. How will you do that this week?

God of creation, give us the courage and strength to be, speak, live and love in a way that brings light into our world so often filled with darkness. Ignite the fire of justice and mercy inside us so that it overflows from our very being. Amen.

Blessings & Peace!

See ya Sunday,
Fr. Gary+