Fr Frank writes:
My dear friends,
Last weekend we celebrated The Presentation of Christ, the Light of the World, and candles were used at Mass as a visual sign of Simeon’s words:
Now Master you can let your servant go in peace
as you promised:
For my eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
A light of revelation for the gentiles
and glory for your people Israel.
We also received candles as a reminder that we are called to share the light of Christ with others. We do this through the kind of lives that we lead, we call it Evangelisation. Evangelisation is not just for the few, it is for all of us. We are all, like St Paul, called to proclaim Christ. We don’t need fancy rhetoric, or a degree in philosophy or theology to speak of Christ. We just need to live good lives – lives that reflect the light of Christ. If we do this, questions will follow. And our answers will (through the grace of the Holy Spirit) come to us.
The Gospel exhorts us not to hide our Faith (this gift from God), but to let it shine out in our daily lives. I pray that each and every one of us may be led to become real beacons of the Faith in our community so that many more may come to know Christ.
May Jesus Christ, the light of the world, bless you now and always.
A new rector was inducted into a country parish. One of the older parishioners was asked how he liked the new rector and he replied, “Well, it’s like this, the old rector when he said ‘and in conclusion’ he concluded. This new rector when he says ‘and lastly’ he lasts.”