Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
As we begin a new calendar year and a new year on the church calendar, so too, do we at St Jerome's begin a new Bible Study Schedule. We will be meeting on Thursday mornings at 10:30 instead of Tuesdays. This will allow me to be in Chama Wednesdays and Thursdays, which are proving to be better days for me to join the Rotary and meet with the other clergy so that we might plan some ecumenical events and support each other as we minister to the people of the Chama Valley.
Just before Christmas, Dave and Jane invited all of us to watch the movie,"The Shack" based upon the book of the same name. We were all very moved by it and decided that we would like to devote our Epiphany Bible Study sessions to a study of the biblical and spiritual themes raised in the book and movie. I have found a five session study guide and movie clips that we will center our study around as we begin this Thursday, January 11.
There are plenty of challenges to our belief in God as "with us", but it may be more because of us allowing our problems to blur our vision and blind us to the nearness of God. Our pain, our need, our guilt, our fear can become so overwhelming that we become blinded to the reality of God's presence when we most need to be surrounded and uplifted by God's love. In the book, "The Shack" Papa (God) says, "when all you can see is your pain, then perhaps you lose sight of me."
This Epiphany Season, may the eyes of our hearts not be so blinded by the pain of loss that we may have an "Epiphany", an Awakening to the presence of God with us when we most need God to be with us.
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:
Please read the following Bible verses nad see what encouragement they may bring to you:
James 4:8; Matthew 7:7-8; and Mark 9:24
How might your life be different when you believe and act on these verses?
I would love to hear from any of you, but especially from those who will not be able to join our class in person.
Reflect on your own spiritual journey.
Read, Pray, Reflect. Then, Come and Share!
Since I post this study on Face Book as well as the St Jerome's website, I invite comments and questions from any of you who are not able to be physically with us, but find this study meaningful and would like to be a part of it. Please feel free to contact me at cpkellyL@aol.com.
Bless you all,
Fr Colin Kelly