Just after Christmas I engaged in a very dangerous practice for any man. I went to Home Depot without really knowing what I was shopping for. The oldest boy in my house received an outdoor portable Basket Ball Hoop for Christmas. (Santa….what were you thinking.) Realizing that he would have to wait until Spring to utilize his Christmas treasure I sprang into action making the journey to Home Depot without really knowing what I was looking for. I knew that there should be some way that I could temporally install the hoop within the basement but exactly how that would happen escaped me. As I looked over the bargain wood scraps it didn’t take long to come up with a few possible solutions. Purchasing some other supplies as well I returned home and with the help of my Godson Fidele, installed the unit. In a similar sort of way, John the Baptizer was told how to recognize the one who would come after him. This recognition didn’t include a photo ID or even a name but a few signs from heaven. John was attentive throughout his ministry and longed for the identification of the Messiah. Finally it occurred, the signs were witnessed and his role was completed. In our personal lives and even our collective life as a faith community, we don’t always know with all certainty our role in the Body of Christ. Rather we collectively search through our experiences, spend time in prayer together, and seek the Lord’s will. This can be very unsettling to those of us who need answers all the time and the security of a concrete direction. As we begin this New Year, we will journey through most of the Gospel of Matthew. Let us search diligently for our Messiah. Let us faithfully gather each week and together seek His presence among us in Word and Sacrament. Finally, let us rejoice and give witness to the presence of our Messiah when at last we behold Him. Lord, give us the patience and strength to enjoy our journey to You.
FR. RON & ST. MARTIN DE PORRES GOSPEL CHOIR will play an active role in the first ever National Day of Racial Healing. The religious leaders on the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable invite the Western New York community to join them in an interfaith prayer service on the National Day of Racial Healing. It will take place on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 beginning at 6:00PM at Blessed Trinity Church located at 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214….Parking is available. Leadership of the Racial Equity Roundtable include: The Right Reverend R. William Franklin, Episcopal Diocese of WNY, Most Reverend Richard Malone, Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, Rev. George F. Nicholas, Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, Rev. Darius Pridgen, True Bethel Baptist Church and Rev. Jonathan Staples, First Shiloh Baptist Church.