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The Sunday after the Ascension (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
The very foundation of our national life has been shaken by the terror attacks between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning against members of the security forces. As one newspaper editorial states, "The murder of three Police officers, and the gun assault against the Cross Roads police station, represent not just a challenge to the security forces but a challenge to the Jamaican state." The late Professor Carl Stone was severely criticized when he wrote, over a decade ago, that gunmen had declared war on the country and therefore one should not expect the security forces to behave as if we are in 'Peace time'. Is there any doubt that the violence and terror that have undermined the security of our country for over a decade is tantamount to a declaration of war on good order and civility? As Mark Wignall wrote in a recent article: "Like the formal society, the terrorists are organized and, more importantly, they possess arms and ammunition as a means of loudly informing the 'system' that they are a 'legitimate' state within a state, capable of policing and enforcing their own socio-economic demands."
If we learn anything from the terrorists' attacks last week, let it be one thing. Much of the violence that emerges from our culture of death can be identified. And if we can identify its source, it should not be too difficult to isolate it and deal with it. Some weeks ago I wrote that crime and violence cannot be addressed unless we are prepared to have an honest look at those persons and institutions that benefit from criminality. Criminality has become a profitable institution in the life of the Jamaican society and until we honestly accept this and own up to it, we are not likely to be in a position to change it. Our politicians would be strongly advised to keep away from the funerals of known gunmen, especially those who kill policemen. The nation will be watching this time to see which side they will take. The battle lines are drawn, war has been declared on the society and we must each decide whether we are for or against the common good of every law-abiding citizen. On this matter there is no middle ground.
Next Sunday we will celebrate Pentecost, the day when the Church throughout the world commemorates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the life of the disciples. Let us make a very special effort to attend one of the services planned for that day. At 4 o'clock in the afternoon we are all invited to join with the Diocesan Festival Choir in commemorating their 80th Anniversary. I particularly ask for your support at this Service as I was recently appointed Chairman of the Management Committee, succeeding Archdeacon Stone. We plan to honour Archdeacon Stone at this Anniversary Service which will be held at St. Michael's Church, Victoria Avenue where the Diocesan Festival Choir began eighty years ago.
Today is Mothers' Day and as we pause to celebrate the gift of motherhood, we give God thanks for all our mothers, living and departed, whose gift of life and love carried and sustained us through our many changes.
We continue our focus on the Home for Girls during the month of May. They need our prayers, our love and our financial support.
At the services this morning, Mr. Michael Fennell, Chairman of our Finance Committee will address the congregations.
We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors and pray for God's guidance
and his peace as together we face the challenges which confront us.
Yours in Christ,
Many people are aware of the world's suffering; their hearts are filled with compassion. They know what needs to be done, they engage in political, social and environmental work to try to change things. But after a period of intense involvement, they may become discouraged if they lack the strength needed to sustain a life of action. Real strength is not in power, money, or weapons, but in deep inner peace.
Practicing mindfulness in each moment of our daily lives, we can cultivate our own peace. With clarity, determination, and patience - the fruits of meditation - we can sustain a life of action and be real instruments of peace. I have seen this peace in people of various religious and cultural backgrounds who spend their time and energy protecting the weak, struggling for social justice, lessening the disparity between rich and poor, stopping the arms race, fighting against discrimination, and watering the tree of love and understanding throughout the world.
Peace is every step: The path of mindfulness in everyday life/Thich
Nhat Hanh, ed. By Arnold Kotler, 1991
New Daylight bible reading notes, may to august, 2005 are now available. This is the start of a new year and subscripion for the year is $900 payable in advance.
The Ordination and Consecration of Rev. Canon Robert Thompson as Bishop Suffragan of Kingston takes place at the Kingston Parish Church on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 commencing at 10:00 a.m. Twenty-five (25) tickets have been made available to members of St. Andrew Parish Church and will be distributed through church organizations and groups. These tickets will guarantee reserved seating in the Church.
The small building near the entrance to the car park is available
for rental. Interested persons may contact the church office for further
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