All Saints Messenger - May 18, 2017

posted May 22, 2017, 11:16 AM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the Name of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ,

Commandments! Commandments! Commandments!  Can't live with 'em; can't live without 'em. At least as Christians we can't. Many of us do not love obeying orders or following rules. But that is often because we have lived our whole lives accountable to one authority figure or another, bound by some code of conduct or governing principle. For many of us, it is impossible to imagine life without such structure. But it only takes one moment of pure chaos--a car wreck, a robbery, a terrorist attack or a dysfunctional government--for us to appreciate the commandments our forebears put in place to protect us. Now imagine if those commandments were handed down not from corruptible people but from Jesus himself! Learning to love keeping such commandments is a little more realistic. Jesus says, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments".

Loving Jesus is learning to love to do what Jesus does and what he commands us to do. We know it is not easy but it is so life a fountain of living water.

God of love, teach us to love you more fully-to love enough even to keep your commandments. Help us to love to do what you command not only when we feel adrift and in need of order but even when we feel confident and in command of our surroundings. In Jesus' loving name. Amen.

See ya Sunday (@ Rankin Lake)

Fr. Gary+