Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—May 22, 2014
Jesus said, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments..." Not "If you fear eternal damnation..." or "If you want to earn eternal life..." But "If you love me..." You can read the whole passage in John 14:15-21 And his commandment? That we love one another as he had loved us. As simple and as complicated as that. This love is not simply the abstract "I love everybody and the whole world..." It is a love that is made known through how we treat one another, day by day -- friend or foe, family or friend or stranger. As simple and as complicated as that.
On this Memorial Day weekend, we pause to remember those who have died in the service of their country, and to pray for the families and loved ones they left behind. We also pray for a time when there is no more war and the destruction war invariably brings -- a time when there is truly peace on this earth.
In the Church, this is also Rogation Sunday -- our own "Earth Day." Unlike the April 22nd Earth Day, Rogation Sunday moves around a bit, because it is always the Sunday before Ascension Day, and Ascension Day is always forty days after Easter Day. Easter Day moves around because it is based on the phases of the moon: "Easter Day is always the Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or after the spring equinox on March 21..." Really. You can read all about it on page 880 in the Book of Common Prayer.
So: pray for those who have died; care for the earth and give thanks for those who bring forth its fruits; and love one another as Jesus continues to love us all.
Peace and blessing,
The Rev Canon Carol Horton
Rector, St Thomas Episcopal Church
Pittstown NJ 08867
"For the love of God is broader than the measure of the mind..."
Frederick William Faber