There is no salvation through anyone else,nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved. ~ Acts 4:12
Grace to pray for this week: To see my the person in front of me, particularly the person who rubs me the wrong way, through the eyes of Jesus.
Dear Friends in Christ,
It was in these day before the Ascension that the Disciples were becoming acquainted with the Risen Jesus. This was a different experience than they had with him before the Crucifixion. Relating to the Risen Christ is something unfamiliar to them and it’s clear that Jesus does not appear to everyone. Their eyes continue to be opened to a deeper understanding of his truth. As the Ascension draws near he admonishes them not to cling to him because a “fulfillment” is forthcoming. He’s getting their hearts ready to receive “all truth” in the person of the Holy Spirit.
This weekend we are beginning a homily series on the Holy Spirit called Lord and Giver of Life. We’re going to learn who the Holy Spirit is, the gifts He gives, and how to allow Him to work in our lives. The easiest way to understand who is the holy spirit is to look at God the Father and God the Son. God the Father is the eternal source of all life. From all eternity he has poured forth life to his beloved Son. The Son receives the Father’s love and loves him totally in return. The perfect love between the Father and the Son is the Holy Spirit.
We celebrate the Easter season so that we can receive the same life from Christ as his first followers. So, in these days as we encounter the Risen Jesus – in the Eucharist, His Word, and in one another – He is preparing our hearts to receive “all truth” on Pentecost.
This weekend Matt Hoesing (chair of the Parish Finance Committee) and I are giving an update on Parish finances as we head into the last quarter of fiscal year 2014-2015. All in all we are well situated to finish the year in strong fashion. Remember, stewardship is not about money but sacrificial giving is a part of living the stewardship way of life. Everything we have is a gift from God. Everything! The more we receive God’s lavish gifts (in prayer, fellowship, Eucharist) the more free we will be to give away in the form of using our talents, making ourselves available, tithing, and countless other ways. It’s not necessary to count the cost of being a disciple because God always outdoes us in generosity.
God love you!
In the Risen Christ,
Fr. Dan Andrews