In the beginning of First Timothy, in verses before today’s reading, St. Paul tells Timothy “I repeat the request I made of you when I was on my way to Macedonia, that you stay in Ephesus to instruct certain people not to teach false doctrines or to concern themselves with myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the plan of God that is to be received by faith. “
St. Paul would agree with many critics of religion today. Often they characterize religion as superstition or the stuff of folklore or myth. St. Paul is calling on us to avoid a religion of fluff, myth and crazy stories that arise in folklore or “religion without reason”. Christianity isn’t about any of this; it isn’t about magic or narrow thinking or about protecting human traditions. It is about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is about returning to God—living in wholeness, holiness, peace and joy.
Our faith is a response to the One who created the heavens and the earth. Our desire for God spurs on our search for truth, justice, beauty and love. God has placed the desire for Him deep in our hearts. The more we feed our desire to know, the more we discover who we are, what we are about and how this God is active in our world.
If we seek God in the fluff, mythology and legends, we will eventually find ourselves grasping at a notion of God or reject Him outright. In either case, we will be unable to satisfy a hunger that is found within us.
We have had couple of unexpected expenses arise over the last three months. Prior to the Bishop’s decision to name a new Pastor for St. John’s, Fr. Arnie had ordered a statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Our Lady (and her bill) arrived in July. After spending some time hanging out with us, she has been moved to a temporary location in the Church. I am hoping to create a more permanent home for her with some votive candles for those seeking her intercession.
Also, when I arrived, one of the amplifiers in the Organ died. Originally built with four amplifiers, we are now down to one working unit. This has a negative effect on the quality of the sound from the instrument and putting such a strain on the remaining amplifier that it is predicted it will also shut down within the year. The options: by a new organ, replace the amplifiers. We are replacing the amplifiers. I have had some organists come to St. John’s and look over the organ and tell me it is an excellent instrument and well built. The new amplifiers will allow it to be used in a manner it was built for.
If anyone wishes to help with the financial aspects of these two improvements, either as a gift of a memorial gift, please give me a call in the office or sent me an email.