Fr Frank writes:
Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. In cities and towns across the United Kingdom, events are being held to mark the liberation of Auschwitz and to remember the evil and injustice which has characterised genocide wherever it has appeared. Holocaust Memorial Day puts us on our guard against what happens when prejudice and racism are allowed to go unchallenged.
In the synagogue at Nazareth, Jesus proclaimed “The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour”. This marks the beginning of Jesus’ mission. Today he calls on us to make it our mission. We are to make a difference in our world by following in his footsteps and fulfilling those words of Isaiah.
This afternoon at 4.00pm we are privileged to host a Service of Christian Unity at our church in Frinton (how appropriate on a day when we remember the extreme effects of disunity). This service will follow the pattern of Vespers and we be attended by members of other churches in Frinton and Walton. The service will be followed by refreshments in St Cedd’s Hall. Why not come along and welcome our sisters and brothers from the other churches?
Christmas comes to an end on Saturday with the wonderful Feast of The Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas). The cribs will be removed from our churches on this day.
May the God of peace bless you today and always.
More Christmas crackers:
My dog used to chase people on a bike a lot. It got so bad, finally I had to take his bike away.
My friend says to me: “What rhymes with orange?” I said: “No it doesn’t.”
I ate a clock yesterday. It was very time consuming.