The first sign of this renewal is faith, trust, in Jesus Christ that is evidenced in the sacrament of holy baptism. Then flowing out from the grace of baptism comes a whole life whereby we begin to learn what it means to live by the Spirit and to produce the fruit of the Spirit not by our own effort but by the grace of God that is at work in us. That is to say, through baptism we become a member of that small, ragtag group that is learning to follow Jesus in the midst of other, darker, forces at work in the world.
Beloved in Christ,In our Epistle lesson this Sunday St. Paul exhorts the Galatian Christians to "live by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh," (Galatians 5:16). For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh."The flesh" we might say is … Continue reading From the Rector’s Desk: Remembering Elizabeth, Queen of Canada.
Christ has died, Christ was raised, and Christ will come again we might add. And that’s tremendously good news for us because it means that we can finally be the people God desires us to be, so long as we stick near to the risen and living Jesus and let him go to work in us.
How might our stewardship of the goods of the earth which do not belong to us but have nevertheless been entrusted to us change if we had an eye to the kingdom of God?
That’s what the Christian life is all about, seeing the beauty of Christ and being changed by that vision. That’s who Jesus is and that’s what he wants to do for you, and for this parish.