Pastor’s Reflection for July 5, 2015

Dear Parishioners,

On Saturday we celebrated Independence Day. It is a great day for our country commemorating when we declared our independence from England. We mark the day with parades, concerts and fireworks. Wakefield does a great job of observing July 4th. Even in our daily lives, we celebrate when our children go off and take responsibility for their lives. They no longer live dependent on their parents for the basic necessities of life. Their independence is a mark of maturity.

Fourth of JulyWe can also look upon this holiday with a spiritual reflection. First of all, there is no celebration of independence from God.   In fact, if we were to be independent from God, we would be like a branch separated from the vine. We would die. This is why the Lord tells us that we are and have nothing without Him. He calls us sheep, for a sheep is dependent upon the shepherd for protection and nourishment. If we are to be independent in the spiritual life, it should be from sin. Jesus came to set us free from the power of sin and death. When we confess our sins we are free, for the Lord forgives our sin and frees us from our guilt and shame. True freedom is to live a life of holiness, loving our God and our neighbor.

Concerning our country, we see to our peril that we are moving away from being one nation under God. This past week we saw the Supreme Court made it legal for same sex couples to be married. Does anyone think about the one who instituted this union? God made them male and female and the two become one flesh. What would you say if someone took a novel and changed the ending and wrote their name as the author? Or look at it this way, water is H20 – not H2H2 or OO. The formula of marriage is man and woman. Marriage is not on the level of civil rights. It is an institution made for the union of man and woman, open to procreation, and the mutual expression of their love. We are changing the laws of God to satisfy our own unbridled passions. We have quickly become a nation that is haughty and arrogant in living in ways that are in complete opposition to the laws of God. Let us truly celebrate our independence day by repentance and recommitment in being dependent upon God.

I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday evening, July 7, from 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,