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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
Last Tuesday's "nation wide" demonstration called by the opposition Jamaican Labour Party, was a success in so far as the number of persons who remained home and the economic fallout that resulted. If we took a poll among those who stayed away from work and other productive activities, we would no doubt learn that those who believed their action would bring positive results would be in the minority. People opted to stay home because of the mayhem and violence that often accompany national protests. Thank God we were spared from the full wrath of these on Tuesday. It is unfortunate that the voice of the poor is never heard unless and until roads are blocked and lawful citizens are impeded from carrying out their legitimate business. How long will it take for us to learn that the price of protest is far too costly for us to bear? Our political leaders, some of whom are among the educated elite of our society, must be challenged to find other means of bringing attention to the plight of the poor.
I suggest that if Jamaica is to find any success in social and economic transformation, it will have to change its political modus operandi - from one of protest to one of partnership. I don't believe there is any serious attempt being made by any of our politicians on either side to enter into a national partnership based on trust, openness and dialogue, with and among all voices in the society.
In today's Gospel we learn that forgiveness is a gift and therefore cannot be calculated. We know from experience that when there is forgiveness something new breaks in to interrupt the cycle of hate and revenge. Archbishop Desmond Tutu said it well when he wrote in his book of the same title, "there can be no future without forgiveness". Perhaps we need to give thought to this idea at a national level by looking at the social, political and cultural reasons that have stood in the way of us realizing the dream of our national motto, "Out of many one people". South Africa did that through their "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" and because they did, they were able to lay the kind of foundation for the social miracles they are presently enjoying. If our political leaders are serious about laying a foundation for social change that is in the interest of all the citizens of the country, where everyone feels a sense of belonging, then we will have to own up to the structural and personal sins that are part of our collective pain (which have kept us from achieving our full potential). Only then will we begin to live out the wonderful possibilities of our great nation.
Today I am fulfilling one of my obligations as a member of the Cathedral Chapter by being the celebrant and preacher at the Cathedral Church in Spanish Town at 7.00 a.m. On Monday I will join the other bishops in the Province for my first meeting of the Provincial House of Bishops to be held in Nassau Bahamas. I will return on Friday.
There are two dates which are particularly special for me and for which I would like to invite your prayers as well as your full support and participation. On Sunday the 25th of September I will conclude my ministry as Rector of St. Andrew Parish Church, and on the 29th of September, the feast of St. Michael and All Angels, my installation as Bishop of Kingston will take place at the Cathedral in Spanish Town at 4.00 p.m. Your presence will be greatly appreciated as well as your continued prayers.
Please be reminded of the visit of the Bishop of Jerusalem, the Rt. Rev'd.
Riah Abu El-Assal and prepare to be in attendance on the first Sunday
in October when he will be the celebrant and preacher at the 7:30 a.m.
service. The 340th Anniversary Banquet will be on Thursday, October 6
at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel and he will be the guest speaker. Tickets
for the Banquet are on sale at $5,000 each. Please purchase your tickets
NOW. We rely on your support and full cooperation.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
"Without being forgiven, released from the consequences of what we have done, our capacity to act would, as it were, be confined to our single deed from which we could never recover; we would remain the victims of its consequences forever, not unlike the sorcerer's apprentice who lacked the magic formula to break the spell."
Haunah Arenat "The Human Condition"
340TH ANNIVERSARY; The Gala Banquet will be on Thursday, 6th October, 2005 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Guest speaker will be the Bishop of Jerusalem, Rt. Rev. Riah Abu El-Assal. Tickets are on sale at $5,000 each and you may contact Mrs. Marie Isaacs 925-0801; Mrs. Andrea Chin See 927-7757 or the church office 926-6692. A public lecture has also been scheduled for Tuesday, 4th October, 6:00 p.m. here at the Church, when the Bishop will speak on "Arab Christians - an endangered species".
FUNERAL SERVICE for the late Canon Ewart Gordon who died on 3rd September, 2005 will be held at St. Luke's Church, Cross Roads on Monday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m.
St. Luke's Church invites us to a Public Lecture and Discussion on the topic "The Role of the Church in Education" scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 5:30 p.m. Panelists include the Bishop of Jamaica, the Minister of Education and two students.
The Young Adults will be hosting a Games Lyme on Friday of this
week, September 16th in the Old Court House commencing at 6:00 p.m. Persons
who were given questionnaires last Sunday are reminded to return them
to members of the Young Adults Group.
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