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Independence Day Reflection

by Karl Cieslak on July 05, 2018

Dear Resurrection members and friends,

     As our nation celebrates its birth we are reminded by how we are truly blessed with grace in our lives. This is a time of renewal, both spiritually and in our daily lives. We are reminded by what Jesus had said in the Gospels. 

     Jesus said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I said to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be the children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on he righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. 

So as we set forth in our countries new year we should look towards Jesus for our daily lives. We may not always agree with everything each of us says, but we can truly appreciate what God has taught us through his son Jesus. Jesus said: You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being and all your mind.  And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. All the law and the Prophets depend on these two commands. 

I look forward to seeing everyone as we join each other at the Altar this coming Sunday to put out our hands and receive the sacraments of our savior with open hearts and open minds.  Let us keep the dialogue flowing as we have been exploring these past few weeks and continue to pray for our church and its ever loving mission of restoring all to unity with Christ.


With Love,

Karl Cieslak
Senior Warden
Resurrection Episcopal Church


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