WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF SKETTY
LAST WORDS FOR 12 NOVEMBER 2017
Half term week contained All Souls’ Day and All Saints Day, both religious calendar days highlighted by the secular world pushing All Hallows’ Eve or Halloween into the collective consciousness of the nation. For Jane, the Boys and myself it involved another trip to the University Collage Hospital Cardiff where Jane underwent yet another procedure to sort out the skin graft on her nose.
Being half term, the boys were with us this time and it brought back memories of when Jacob as a three-
Celebrating the countless souls and saints, only known to God, who have successfully led Christian lives in service of Christ Jesus. They don’t have a saint’s day given to them as our church calendar gives to others but they have earned in their quiet way the same reward.
As we now continue through the Kingdom Season, the churches year closes and we see Advent approaching with all its preparation for the coming of our Lord at Christmas. The lives of those who have gone before should be an inspiration to us as we celebrate Christ the King and begin to focus on our new Church year and adventure with Christ.
Yours in Christ
LAST WORDS FOR 5 NOVEMBER 2017
LAST WORDS THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF A POEM:
SAINTS OF TOMORROW
He walked straight up to my door and he rang my bell
But he was not welcome because he had something to sell!
My first thought was to say, “I want nothing from you!”
And to shut the door quickly as sometimes I do!
Then he talked about living as Christians today
And that fewer people are now living that way.
And no more was mentioned of what he had to sell
We were just two Christians who were getting on well!
This made me consider that we don’t really know
The people through whom Jesus has chosen to show
The way into His Kingdom to those that they meet,
Whether they’re home or at work, or out in the street.
Now it may seem quite obvious to you and to me
Who the Saints of tomorrow are going to be!
But let’s consider carefully before it’s too late,
They may well be the people that we think we hate!
Sister Marian, S. C. L.
LAST WORD FOR SUNDAY 19TH. NOVEMBER
A friend of mine was quite taken aback when I stated in a sermon that God’s Kingdom isn’t, and never will be, a Democracy. During many years as a faithful Christian, she had quite missed the point that God’s Kingdom is a Theocracy where He alone rules and reigns.
One famous writer once remarked,’ God created us in His image, and we have repaid Him the compliment!’
Isn’t it true to say that we do try to redesign God to be more acceptable to ourselves and society today? However, that will not work. Being part of God’s Kingdom means living in obedience to His will, following the teachings and example of Jesus and ordering our lives so that we reflect His image in us to be Ambassadors of The Kingdom.
We are all children in the faith and still learning the way we should live as citizens of God’s Kingdom. We find obedience difficult. We are rebellious. We want to do things our way. Some leave the church. God our Father Who loves us all very much is patient with us and in different ways and through a variety of mediums, He rebukes disciplines and forgives us and redirects our thoughts.
As children mature, the rules imposed upon them by their parents, become internalized and a part of their own personality. Ideally, In the same way, as Christians mature so God’s rules become a part of us and no longer a burden.
Yes, like teenagers we rebel and kick against authority, but then He waits until we like the prodigal son are ready to return to Him.
There is nothing to fear, for God’s Kingdom is founded on His love. We cannot redesign Him. It is we who have to change and be willing to be changed through His Holy Spirit. As some would say, “God Rules! O.k”. !
I’ll leave you with an anecdotal story of someone who thought they knew what God is like.
A little girl in school was busy painting and her teacher asked her what she was drawing. She replied that she was drawing a picture of God. “But,’ her teacher replied, “Nobody knows what God looks like.” I know,” she replied, “but they will do when I’ve finished!”
Sr. Marian, S.C.L.