On this Monday in the second week of Easter we hear from John’s first letter where we read:
We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 Jn. 1:1-10).
Today’s reading is especially interesting following yesterday’s Gospel reading regarding “doubting” Thomas. John writes to the community as an eye witness to the Risen Jesus. There were those who were Christians who did not see the Risen Jesus as did John and the other Apostles who heard the voice of Jesus, who touched him. There was a need for those who saw the Risen Jesus to give witness to their experience of the Risen Jesus. That is what John is doing here. That faith has been passed down through time to you and to me, and we too are called to spread the Good News of the Risen Jesus to the world.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, give us the grace to proclaim your Resurrection to everyone that we meet so that they may know that you live in glory everlasting and that we await your coming in glory. Amen.
Tomorrow, 14 April 2015 at 11:30 AM we start Lunch & Learn with medical professionals from UTMB. The series will run for 5 weeks where we will learn about diabetes, obesity, heart disease, COPD and dementia. Please come to this.
Seaside Seniors, Thursday, 16 April starting at 11:30 AM.
Michael Harvey will be at St. Augustine on Tuesday, 28 April at 7 PM. Please spread the work, all are welcome.
Bigmista & Friends BBQ on Saturday, 2 May. Please spread the word for this important fundraiser.
Please remember everyone on our Prayer List including Anthony Caruthers, Lauren, Angela, the members of Crisis Relief International (CRI) who have told us: "We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food to. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working.”
Your servant in Christ,
Fr. Chester J. Makowski+
St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church
Galveston, Texas 77550