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The Parish and the Body of Christ


                              

Dear parishioners,

Blessings of peace and joy to you!

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?”  Jesus stresses how his followers, like himself, must become the germ of change and preservation of the world from corruption. In a similar message, Jesus says, “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you have a love for another” (John.13:34-35).

It is true today, through medical practice, that the heart, a vital element of the human body, needs a minimal amount of salt to keep healthy; yet, the seasoning or preserving character of salt for flavor and endurance can’t be denied. Contextually, it is the consumption of salt that Jesus stresses in the passage; salt enters the body and gives it a flavor. Similarly, a person becomes a member of the body of Christ and the parish to bring the taste of joy and change to the world around us. Because salt is first eaten before its flavor can be experienced, so must the change occur within the Christian first before it influences others.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.” Jesus likens his disciples to light. For in the most real sense of the word, Jesus alone is the light of the world. By referring to the disciples as the light of the world, he challenges us to possess the same mind that he has, and that is the only way we can influence it.

The challenge that Jesus gives by this comparison is for us to seek ways to be of positive influences. But, how do we maintain our momentum to do what Jesus is asking? We can take some clue from the apostle Paul, who salted and lighted his ministry with the spirit and power of God (1 Cor. 2:4). In other words, rely on God for strength and less on our human wisdom and intellectual ability. Follow the logic of grace and you will do well in all things.

Also, next Sunday, February 16, 2020, is the annual auction for St. John’s. The auction committee has been working hard to make it another success. I add my voice to their effort to invite parishioners of St. Isidore’s to the auction and encourage all parishioners of St. John’s to support this primary fundraiser for the parish. The previous ones had been successful because you contributed to it immensely. I am hopeful that we will all rally behind the committee to give it a good shot again.

Many blessings,

Fr. Andrew

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