From Father Peter and Father Anselm
A message from our clergy
What’s on the news? Just asking because we are tired of watching television these days because the news headlines can be very daunting and depressing. The news is making a lot of people anxious. As a result of these grim news headlines, horrifying statistics, and deep uncertainty over the pandemic, the need for ‘good news’ has become so important. Also, we have witnessed Google searches for “Good News” peaked during the lockdowns, a signal that many people are hungry for good news. Where do we find Good news? As Christians, the source of our good news is not just anywhere but in Jesus Christ the Word made Flesh. The good news is that God is with us in our suffering. Christ comes into the darkest and barren places of our lives to make all things new. (Revelation 21:5) God is not far off, but nearer to us than we can imagine. Through Jesus Christ, we learn that God’s intention is not to abandon us but to reclaim us despite our shortcomings. I am with you until the end of time Jesus said in Matthew 28:20. Therefore, don’t feel abandon or neglected by God, because the Almighty God is near to the broken-hearted. (Psalm 34:18) God comes to us at the level of our humanity. Knowing our shortcomings, He comes to us where we are. And that is the GOOD NEWS. Looking at the way things are going, we might think that our political leaders have taken over the control of our lives. They tell us what and what not to do. Despite what we feel and how we feel, we need to remind ourselves that God is the one who is in control and has sovereignty over all things. Psalm 125:2 assures us as follows, “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore.” Therefore, don’t lose hope in God, and let us continue to be firm in our faith.
Dear friends in Christ, let us not waste much of our time searching for depressing news about COVID, now is the time to pick our Bible and find the Good News that we all seek at this moment. Let us spend more time in prayer and meditation listening to what God is telling us. Here are some Scripture passages for you: Deuteronomy 31:8, Joshua 1:9, Psalm 4:8, Psalm 46, Psalm 73:28, Psalm 91, Psalm 121:7-8, Proverbs 12:25, Isaiah 26:3, Isaiah 41:10, Jeremiah 17:14, Jeremiah 29:11-13, Matthew 11:28 and Mark 4:38-40.
May God be with us all, keep us safe from all harm and help us to be faithful disciples. Remain Blessed!
Fr Peter and Fr Anselm