The gospel today begins to turn the perspective of the disciples outside of themselves. They are not disciples for their own sakes, and their own actions, but for the sake of those around them as well. There is an accountability, a responsibility to the other for the sake of good of the community.
We know that when we live out a part of a Gospel, we are always preaching the name of Jesus Christ. This should be a reminder to all baptized. It is in Matthew that Jesus says, “23 So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.”
Nothing we do as Christians, as believers, should be separate from our worship life. It should be an action of what we pray to God, and to what we continue to read and reflect from holy scriptures. When we consider the people around us, perhaps then our actions might very well be shaped by the teachings, life and mission of Christ.
Spirituality is also about preaching the actions of our individual faith and as a community to the individuals we meet and have interactions during the week. What we do during the week should reflect on or give witness to the life of Jesus Christ. Christian revelation is also a manifestation of whom you are in relationship to God and to all of God’s people. When we start thinking and understanding that our actions not only reveal who we are but also the communities of which we are a part, we begin to feel the fellowship of what it means to be an Anglican member at St. Michael’s.
- When you are praying or before coming to church for worship, what helps you to listen to God’s call through this passage from St. Matthew?
- What does it mean for you to be blessed or happy? What brings you joy, peace, and hope in serving Jesus?
Parish leadership Team: I invite members of our parish to serve in the leadership team of St. Michael’s. Should you feel called to this ministry, you can talk to the Wardens or send a note to the church email at, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you! We would like to thank Father Paul Illical for leading our 10am worship service. Again, please extend your warm welcome and hospitality to our former rector.
2020 O.D.N.W.: The members of St. Michael’s “Order of the Diocese of New Westminster, O.D.N.W.” met last week. They are now in the process of endorsing a parishioner to be nominated for this year’s investiture service.
Lenten Resources: This Lent, choose from a number of recommended resources to take the journey from Ash Wednesday to Holy Week (February 26 – April 11, 2020). Choices include small group gatherings or individual study and they are available online and in print. You can check it out at, https://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/diocesan-resources/lent-2020-resources