Pastor’s Reflection for June 5, 2016

Dear Parishioners,

Astronauts in the space station see the earth in a broad, expansive view. It makes them appreciative of how we all live on one planet. They see no fences or boundaries. The earth looks beautiful from up above. Let us imagine ourselves where God sits. What does He see when He looks upon the people that He created out of His love for us?

There is:

  • Division determined by race, color or creed
  • So much death – terrorism, cops being killed, danger in schools and college campuses, drug overdoses, suicides and abortions
  • Immoral relationships, cohabitation, adultery, and gay marriage
  • Refugees fleeing dangerous situations
  • Transgender bathrooms
  • Riots at political conventions
  • The money spent on political races

There is so much darkness in the world today. The world is in critical condition. Isn’t this the result of our sinfulness? In Scripture it says that the wages of sin is death. If you remove a branch from the vine, it will die. We are killing ourselves by disobeying the ways of the Lord. It is like a body suffering with cancer. It is your own body killing yourself. But there is a remedy to all of this. His name is Jesus. He came to dispel darkness, to save His people from their sins.  He is the healer to our spiritual sickness. His prescription of daily prayer, reading the Scripture, worship on Sundays and putting His teachings into practice would heal His people. Unfortunately, we seek to perfect our bodies, our beauty, our diet, and our career instead of our souls. Our culture seems to value the purity of the food we eat more than the purity of what feeds our souls.

Let us each turn away from what is destroying us, repent of our sins and turn back to living the ways that Jesus taught. The world is becoming more and more like hell than heaven. The warfare that we are engaged in is spiritual. Let us join in the battle that Jesus waged on satan and in the power of Jesus defeat the ancient foe in the places where we live, work and play.

I will be available for confessions this week on Tuesday, June 7, from 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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

God love you,