All Saints Messenger - September 13, 2018

posted Oct 4, 2018, 11:39 AM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

These words from Mark 8 turn my thoughts to Dietrich Bonhoeffer. His phrase "the cost of discipleship" becomes a gift from Jesus, who taught Dietrich how to resist evil with good.

The word "faith" means we are God-wrestlers. Our questions often come from Jesus, who asks, "Who do you say that I am?" We've been asking that since baptism, wrestling with the truth of what God is doing and how Christ infiltrates our living. We seek to believe and be diligent about spiritual insight. Mark 8:27-38 presents a pivot point on Jesus' walk of faith--one with a cost. It affects our faith and how we walk with Jesus.

Bonhoeffer taught during the tumultuous epoch of Nazi Germany. His faith led him to say, "The only way to overcome evil is to let it run itself to a standstill, because it does not find the resistance it is looking for. Resistance merely creates further evil and adds fuel to the flames." Such is a commitment with a cost.

We thank you, God, for this gift of scripture, where we may read and stand as if before a mirror, locating our frailties together with a passion for following the God of peace. Amen.

**Please join us on Sunday when our Bishop will join us. Also, continue to pray for those caught in Florence's path.

See ya Sunday!

Fr. Gary+