It has been a couple of very busy weeks here at Saint Paul’s. We’re hosting a convocation meeting for the Northern Tier and West Branch Convocations; a Luncheon honoring volunteers with Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Hospital; there’s the Ladies’ Guild, a Fashion Show on Saturday, beginning at Noon, the Baptism of Lila Rose on Sunday, and services at Pinnacle Towers. Additionally we are in the midst of supporting our Local Food Pantry. We are enjoying Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on Tuesdays. Next week will also feature for me a meeting of the Etner Foundation, a trip to the Standing Committee meeting in Newport, PA and the parish is hosting the Keystone Trail Association on the 27th and 28th of April.
Back when I was a newly ordained priest, a member of the parish I served—another Saint Paul’s—in Kankakee, Illinois—asked me one day, “what do you do around here anyway?” My response was simply to describe what I was doing that day. Midway through the list of things I was about, he interrupted, “Wow, that’s a lot! I’ve heard more than enough.” To which I replied, “But wait! That was just the morning.”
Like all of you in your busy lives, I find the ongoing need to be refreshed in the life of prayer. That life of prayer is what keeps me going. So, I was particularly struck this week by the short passage that will be our second reading this coming Sunday. It is from 1 John 3. 1-7:
“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.”
So might it be that we remember in all that we do, that we pause in the midst of it and recall that we are indeed the children of God. We are not only called God’s children, but we are his children who are growing up into the full stature of the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. How easy it is to lose sight of this in these days of activity, yet how critical it is that we not lose sight of our real mission and purpose: to represent the love of God in the world in which we live.