An old African proverb states: “It takes a village to raise a child.” No truer words were spoken as we accept the fact that one set of parents cannot be everywhere at all times protecting, guarding, and influencing their child. The reality is that others around us and other forces around our children influence them as well. It is so too within the Church. No one person will have all the gifts, the power of influence, or be everywhere we need them to be. However we all have our own part to play in the life of the Body of Christ. In the Book of Nehemiah, it is recorded that Ezra, the Jewish priest, stood in the midst of the assembled peoples and read from the scroll of the Hebrew text of the Law of the Lord, the Torah. He may have been one of a few who were literate. When the people heard the words of the Law and also heard Ezra’s interpretation of it for their lives they compared it to how they were living and were saddened and began to weep for their recognized their own sinfulness. Ezra encourages them…. “Today is holy to the LORD your God. Do not lament, do not weep; for today is holy to our LORD” Nehemiah 8:9-10. Ezra fulfilled his role as Jewish priest and interpreter of the Law for the lives of the people. Now that people heard the law and expectations of God for them they could do something about it. In the Gospel of Luke today, Jesus, in His hometown synagogue, is given the scroll of the Prophet Isaiah and reads a passage and proclaims that it is now fulfilled in their hearing. Jesus, at this moment within His life, accepts the vocation allotted to Him by God our heavenly Father. St. Paul reminds us that each and every one of us have a unique role to play in the Body of Christ. We need not feel any spirit of competition among each other; rather we need to continually encourage and lift each other up in order that our gifts and talents be strengthen and shared. Only by accepting our own unique responsibility in the body of Christ can we become the Village that influences not only our own children and youth, but becomes a sign of challenge and guidance for our society as well. Assist us Lord, to know our calling; to accept it and live it out authentically thus giving You all the glory “for rejoicing in the LORD is your strength” Nehemiah 8:10.
FATHER RON will be on vacation from Monday, January 25th to Sunday, January 31st.
PAD-A-PEW located in Ohio, is the company who had been contracted to install the custom padding for our church pews. This addition, along with two new speakers and amplifier which replaced some older equipment has assisted in the modification of our sound quality within the Church building thus making it easier to understand what is being proclaimed within our church building. “Thank You” to those particular benefactors who made these additions to our Church possible. We thank the Lord for this blessing and pray You continue to assist us in the challenges that still lie ahead for us.