From the Pastor's Desk ~ October 20 - 21, 2018
Oct 19, 2018
My Dear Parish Family,
Much of what we recognize in life as “glory” is measured by external accolades such as parades, awards, TV appearances, financial bonuses, etc. Sometimes such accolades are merited; sometimes not; always they are fleeting. Nonetheless, they remain appealing and motivate our behaviors.
The apostles want a ticker-tape parade. Jesus promises suffering and death as the road to true glory. How different Jesus’ glory is! Despite the paradox that it demands dying to self – “be the slave of all”- the glory of which Jesus speaks in the Gospel is stronger and more full of life than human “glory.”
What does this fullness of life look like and when have we experienced it? Daily we are called to die to ourselves, for example, we forgive when we have been hurt, reach out to those in need, bite our tongue and hold back a cutting remark, speak the truth even when we know it will not be welcome, etc. In these simple acts we experience new life: the strengthening of our relationships with Jesus and each other, the peace we feel when not giving in to hurt another, the sense of integrity that comes from speaking the truth. Ultimately, what must motivate our behavior is Jesus himself, the way he lived, and our being baptized into his very life.
In Christ’s Peace,