August 18, 2019 – Thoughts by Rev Kev

Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Monongahela was exciting and fun! The chance to be with one another as one parish from Saint Damien’s Festival, Mary, Mother’s Festival of Nations to the Parish Picnic in Donora, left me very excited and ready to work together in fulfilling the Mission of Jesus here in the Mon Valley! To accomplish events like these takes a lot of dedicated people like all of you, of whom I very much am grateful to.

As we listen to the Gospel today, Jesus outlines many of the ways in which his coming into the world will cause division, and not peace. He comes to set the earth on fire, to destroy it, but to emblaze it with the fullness of God’s love for us. The divisiveness arises not from Jesus Himself, but from people’s response to him; choosing either to build up that fire, or to tramp it down. Let us be those who feed the fire of the Kingdom, not extinguish it.

Please continue to pray for the openness of creating that excitement, that Fire as Jesus spoke of and the chance to get to know one another amidst our Parish within the Mon Valley. It is said that being a Christian is daring to entrust oneself to this “burning fire.” The fire is set ablaze when we speak the truth and find the peace from our Loving Creator. Peace can be found when we trust in God. Our discipleship does not depend on what we can do alone, but in what God can do through us. God is on the journey with us. And although that journey is difficult, God makes even the narrowest path passable.

A Family that prays together stays together!

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