Walk the Path of Light

My dearest Friends,


So much has happened in our country in such a short period of time. And, so much more will happen between the time of my writing this and the time you are reading these words. Just when we thought things could not get worse, they seem to be spinning out of control. On one level it is quite mind boggling and naturally leads to worry, anxiety, even fear.


But we are disciples of the Lord Jesus. Where do we look for guidance, support, understanding of the things of this world? To Him, to Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!! No one and no thing in this world can save us, can bring us forgiveness, healing, peace. Everything in this world will pass away, is passing away. So where can we place our hope, our trust, our faith? If it is in Jesus of Nazareth, then we will walk on the path of light, leading us to everlasting life. When we cling to Jesus, life will not be easy, and it may not be pleasant, but it will be a life filled with the hope and joy which the Holy Spirit provides to all who walk in the footsteps of Jesus.


John the Baptist recognized Jesus as the Messiah, the Anointed One, and proclaimed to his disciples, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” He announced that Jesus, the Son of God, and the Son of Mary, would offer Himself as the ransom to redeem all of us from our sins. That is why our allegiance is to Christ and not to earthly powers or earthly things.


In Saint Paul’s letter to the Colossians he writes, “May you attain full knowledge of God’s will through perfect wisdom and spiritual insight. Then you will lead a life worthy of the Lord and pleasing to him in every way. You will multiply good works of every sort and grow in the knowledge of God. By the might of his glory, you will be endowed with the strength needed to stand fast, even to endure joyfully whatever may come.” Those words caught me as we prayed them for Evening Prayer on January 11. We really do not know what “may come” but we certainly can “attain full knowledge of God’s will through perfect wisdom and spiritual insight” when we turn to Jesus and accept Him as our Lord and surrender to Him as our Savior.


My dearest friends, may we do so now and every day. For He, Jesus, alone is “the way and the truth and the life.”


God bless you, God love you and I love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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