Tuesday, March 27, 2012

half way there

the tree of life in sight

We have come to the middle of Lent. But why does the Cross occupy this Sunday?
Jesus said in today’s gospel, “If you desire to follow me, deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Me”.

If you desire.

If you want. Not what your parents or grandparents or family want. What do you want?

Deny yourself.

Christianity is about freedom. To be.
But what does “denying oneself” involve? It involves getting rid of anything that stops you from being the person you were meant to be. This could be your attitude, your way of thinking. Negativity and depression is everywhere nowadays. It is very easy to slip into that.
You deny…and then you are free to live. To be!

Take up your cross

Our cross – the burdens we have! Our burdens can be the struggle to deny ourselves! They can be our family or our workplace. They can be our country or other countries. The images of the starving children of Africa are burdens on us.

 Follow Me
Jesus gives us a command now. No more maybes.
The Man who endured the Cross was complete man and human. He was perfect Man and that is why we follow Him.

 ~ fr Leslie

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The sky is falling!

no...just our ceiling.

The heavy rains of February was too much for the roof and ceiling of our church to bare. We often came into the church with it flooded by overnight rain. A part of the ceiling that always leaked for an unsolvable reason, fell to pieces. 

Fortunately, as mentioned in the last post, we had a blessing come along, who was able to solve the Church's roof dilemma. The pews have been removed and put back into church for service for 2 weeks now, allowing the patching up of the ceiling and its repainting. With Gods grace, we will have a restored and better than new ceiling for our celebration of Easter at St Gerasimos.

work in progress