Spiritual Tidbits for March from Fr. Tim
March just marched in somewhat like a lamb. The first day of spring arrives on the 20th day of March. It seems winter never really took flight in early 2017. It just sort of fizzled out on the launch pad -- weather wise at least. However, winter illness is another story altogether. Winter bugs rampaged and took their toll on most all of us. Colds, flu, fever, sore throat, coughing, and so forth wreak havoc on our bodies.
Without doubt we know when our bodies are sick and we do our very best to locate a remedy. But what about our souls? Can our souls become sick? Can our souls be afflicted? Absolutely. Sin affects and makes our soul ill just like the flu virus makes the body ill. Illness of the soul distorts a person’s relationship with our heavenly Father.
So what about a remedy for the soul? Where do we find a cure? We find a cure in the hospital of Holy Church. This winter, bodily illness kept many of our pews empty each Sunday. Sick individuals sought out remedies and a comfortable place for their bodies to recover. This Lenten Season should make us aware of our spiritual illness. Sick individuals should seek out remedies and a holy place for their souls to recover.
Will you seek respite at Holy Church? Will you be at the altar on Lenten Sunday’s in deep repentance? Will you be at Holy Church on Lenten Wednesdays in self-denial of worldly ventures? Do you have a Lenten goal? And even more importantly, will you tell others who do not know Christ where to come to heal their soul? Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, awaits all who will come. I hope and pray you have a beautiful and holy Lent.
~ Father Timothy Butler, Rector
Saint John the Evangelist is a parish of the Anglican Catholic Church. It is evangelical, but not Protestant. It is Catholic, but not Roman. It isn’t non-denominational. It is pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, defended and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the day of Pentecost nearly 2000 years ago in 33 A.D. Thus we believe what our Lord and Saviour taught, the Apostles disseminated, the Church Fathers authorized, and the Martyrs confirmed.
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