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Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
Mark Wignall's article on Criminal gangs and the business connection, in last Thursday's Observer newspaper deserves our attention. It invites us to seriously consider who benefits from crime and violence? Until we are prepared to address the matter of the beneficiaries of criminality, we are not likely to see any reduction in the murder rate. Don't get me wrong; every bit of initiative, including the recently launched, "Hands Across Jamaica for Righteousness," needs our support. We commend also the newly appointed crime chief as well as the Commissioner of Police in their battle against crime and violence. However let us be very clear about one thing: when extortion and the "culture of mendicancy" become the accepted way of life for a community, it tells us something about our lack of collective will to face head-on the real danger confronting us as a nation. Wignall states:
The author of these words is not telling us what we do not already know. What he is highlighting is the network of beneficiaries to crime in Jamaica today. And implicit in his article is a call to dismantle that network, which by its own complicity contributes to the increase in the murder rate. Whether Jamaica has the collective will to intervene in ways that are bound to affect the livelihood of many, is left to be seen. What is abundantly clear is that such an intervention will not come from the beneficiaries themselves, nor can we expect it to come from the security forces alone. It must instead come from a national commitment to break our silence and our complicity with criminality. At the end of the Beatitudes in Matthew's Gospel, Jesus asks the disciples: "If salt becomes tasteless, how can we salt the world with it?" That question is relevant for every Christian living in Jamaica today. If we don't preserve the essentials by not allowing ourselves to be co-opted by illicit practices that eventually lead to the rise in murder rate, then who will? Since the seeds of criminality are watered and fertilized by those who benefit from it; then it becomes incumbent upon us never to remain silent whenever and wherever we see persons and institutions co-operating with criminality. Committing ourselves to doing that will go a long way in restoring the peace and well being of our blessed country. That my friends is the hope of everyone, and you and I who share in the life of the crucified and Risen Christ have a bounden duty to keep that hope alive.
We express our condolences to Mrs. Mabelle Neufville on the death of her sister Imogene Sexton. Funeral service for Mrs. Sexton will be on Tuesday, March 8 at 2:30 p.m. Also to Mrs. Blossom Williams on the death of her sister Marcia Dwyer in Florida.
During this month our special focus will be on the St. Andrew Settlement. This morning at our 7:30 Eucharist, members of the Management Committee, staff of the St. Andrew Settlement and members of the Majesty Gardens community will join in worship. Also, today the Settlement will launch its annual Bun Sale. Buns will be on sale in the Conference Room and order forms will be available. You may also place your order by e-mail to the church office or download forms from our web site www.standrewparishchurch.com.
We extend warm greetings to all other visitors.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
A Letter Not Written With Ink
Our Father, God,
That 'true peace
That 'the ultimate tragedy
That 'with your help and the world's,
That, as your people, we are
'A letter written not with ink
Written not on stone tablets
Be our Freedom Lord
Immediately following the 7:30 Eucharist this morning, you are all invited to participate in TOTAL SUNDAY SCHOOL at its new location upstairs the Old Court House. The original groups will remain the same and newcomers will be assigned to one of these groups.
The Friends of the St. Andrew Parish Church Sunday Schools wish to thank all those who supported their Evening of Elegance and will be happy to collect any outstanding contributions. We also invite all parents, grandparents, godparents and others interested in the Sunday School Ministry to join us for our Quarterly Meeting next Sunday at 9:45 a.m., following Corporate Communion at 7:30 a.m.
The Glenmore High School Concert Choir invite us to their Palm Sunday Recital at the University Chapel, Mona on Sunday March 20, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. Contribution: $600.00.Back to Top
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