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"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith...and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God." 
(Ephesians 3:17-19 KJV)

February 2018

   This year, February is crowded with many special days in the life of the Church.  Perhaps the greatest contrast will come halfway through the month on February 14.  As we well known, this is St. Valentine's Day, a day dedicated to the concept of expressing love to those closest to us.  It is of no moment to anyone in the Christian world that St. Valentine never sent anyone a Hallmark card from his prison cell.  What is important is that we, as Christians, set aside a day in the calendar for the express purpose of doing so, with or without a Hallmark card.  

   Yet, the contrast is drawn in the starkest terms in 2018, because February 14 is also Ash Wednesday.  On this day, we will take time out to go to church, perhaps even very early in the morning, and have ashes put on our foreheads.  This is accompanied by the verbal reminder that "from ashes thou hast come and unto ashes shalt thou return."  It is a reminder of the funeral that awaits each of us, but it does not in the least diminish the notion that we are indeed loved by God our Father.  To the contrary, this is an affirmation of just how much He loves us because into the lowly dust He breathed His own essence, making us truly His children.  

   Indeed, when viewed in this manner, the reality becomes clear that the love we choose to express to others on St. Valentine's Day is qualitatively no different from the love bestowed upon us at the dawn of Creation.  Whether it is ashes or a heart-shaped card, what is important is that, as Christians, we take a moment on this particular day to acknowledge being loved and, then, loving.  To do less is to fail obedience to the Second Commandment in the Summary.


Peace and Blessings from your Servant in the Faith

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