Along the Way pt.2

October 19th, 2018 by

 
“All the way to heaven is heaven, because He said I am the Way” St. Catharine
 

Barbara and I plan to hike the last part of the Camino de Santiago next September. It’s a pilgrimage beginning in the Pyrenees and concluding in Spain following the way of St. James the apostle.

There’s a fun movie about it, The Way, with Martin Sheen. As the story goes, his son is killed at the outset of the Camino. Martin decides to make the hike himself, dispersing his son’s ashes along the way.

Along the way he meets up with the scarecrow, the tin man, and the lion. Not really. But he does make the journey with 3 fun characters – a wounded woman wanting to quit smoking, an over weight man wanting to fit into his suit for a wedding, and an author trying to break free from writer’s block.

It’s a wonderful, and perhaps too real, journey.

As I am reflecting on the gospel for last Sunday and this (i.e. James and John wanting the right and left of Jesus in His glory and the others being indignant…), I think of those we get to travel with on our pilgrimage.

For example — Our small group this fall was, well it could have been a great movie, and I am certain our Lord was blessed watching and listening. It makes all the difference when others are going with you and are reaching out and touching lives around them. We encourage one another!

(Heb. 10:25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.)

I can’t recall being more enriched by simple testimonies!

 

Archbishop Kolini ++ & Bishop William+
New Covenant is a doubly blessed community of faith. Not only do we have one another, but our arms reach out far beyond our walls.

Today, Thursday October 18th, Ivan Sikha of MissionIndia is picking up Freda and Archbishop Kolini++ from Rwanda, and Bishop William+ from DRC at the airport. And tomorrow they will fly to Haiti to minister and spend 4 days with Fr. Burnet Cherisol, the Anglican Vicar of Haiti. Then they will return to spend a few days with us.

 

Fr. Burnet
These people have suffered greatly and paid a high price to follow Jesus, and to be in relationship with us. These people are true hero servants of the Faith! And to walk with them along the way to the promised inheritance is indeed an honor. A precious gift from Abba’s hand!

As the end of my ministry as rector of this parish draws near, I am awed, and in utter thanksgiving that God has allowed me to know these saints and in some way support their work for the Kingdom. I am also incredibly thankful for God’s graciousness in letting me be a part of this body of Christ that has chosen to reach out in love along the way!

“Loving each other is what we were meant to do and how we were made to roll. It’s not where we start when we begin following Jesus; it’s the beautiful path we travel the rest of our lives.”

From EVERYBODY ALWAYS by Bob Goff.

Blessings,

Along the Way

October 12th, 2018 by

 

(Referencing Mark 10:17-31**)

 

“As he was setting out…” someone, who perhaps grasps and then gasps — ‘He’s leaving, this is my last chance to ask him’ — approaches him, respectfully, honestly, humbly, sincerely.

 

“What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

 

Please.

 

Tell me.

 

The disciples, as do we, lean in. The dialogue is deceptively compelling.
The answer to this question has us all holding our breath. I hope.

 

Because when breath becomes air –

 

As it does for all living souls,

 

What’s next?

 

What shall we do, you do, anyone do?
To inherit eternal life?

 

If it’s not your question now, well, it should be…

 

A friend of mine said he had a commandment above his bed –

 

“Thou shalt not should on thyself.”

 

But, it seems right here, to should on yourself.
And besides, did you see it?

 

Jesus added a commandment too – “do not defraud” – maybe just for this person?
Or not. Go figure.

 

Anyway, they continue on their way.

 

“All the way to heaven is heaven, because He said I am the Way.”
St. Catharine

 

He’s not with them.
I’m told this is the only scripture where someone leaves Jesus presence – sad.

 

What did he miss? Why couldn’t, didn’t, he get it?

 

Look again, see if you see,

 

**Mark 10:17-31

 

The Rich and the Kingdom of God
17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good-except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.'”
20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”
27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
28 Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”
29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields-along with persecutions-and in the age to come eternal life.31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”