July 14, 2019 – Thoughts by Rev Kev

Consider the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson; “To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life that has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

    They are similar to the gospel for this weekend as we hear Jesus present two perspectives with the question. Who is my neighbor? And as he changes the perspective to the question is, “In your opinion, who was the neighbor to the victim?” Not “Who is my neighbor?” but “Who was the neighbor to the victim?”

    This is not a question of deciding who is worthy to be assisted by me, but it’s an attitude which says all human beings deserve my attention, for they are all children of God, and when in need, I reach out to them. I reach out to them, because, when I reach out to them, I touch God Himself.

    So as we continue to reflect on our personal role and work in our daily lives I would invite you to ponder how you have reached out and helped someone lately. For the Mid Mon Valley how have we reached out and helped our community lately. Extra Hands are sincerely appreciated as we finish our preparations for the two days of the Festival at Saint Damien Park. If you cannot physically help, your prayers are appreciated for a Safe, Dry and Successful Festival!

 

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