Dear Friends in Christ,
The feast of the Epiphany (January 6) occurs before our first Sunday in the New Year and in the liturgical cycle. God grant us all a happy year filled with blessings of Reconciliation and Redemption! Specifying these two blessings may appear a strange choice. However, when we are caught up in international, national, and local turmoil that seems to breed prejudice and a sense of injustice towards those we see as “others”, then our Faith mandate is to seek reconciliation, justice, and redemption for all. Prayer and social action are needed to restore balance on many levels of society.
The call to restoring hope in hopeless lives could never be louder. We are one people, descendants of Abraham, Redeemed by Christ all members of the brotherhood of man-all destined to play our parts for the common good. Lest we be unresponsive, I leave you with a quote from Martin Niemoller, modified by Dr. Colette Chabbott:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me-
and there was no one left to speak for me!