|Icon of Noah's Ark: today, the Church is the Ark of Salvation|
Brethren, Peace and Good to all of you.
Today's short lection for Morning Prayer is one that I think is relevant for us in this age:
In everything you do, act without grumbling or arguing; prove yourselves innocent and straightforward, children of God beyond reproach in the midst of a twisted and depraved generation—among whom you shine like the stars in the sky.(Philippians 2:14-15)
Reflection. Yes, my brothers and sisters, in these days when we are pushed from all directions to comform to a morality foreign to our call in Christ, when our very call in Christ is mocked and vilified, we "shine like the stars in the sky." Darkness is an obdurate thing, and it can't stand the Light.
We shine with the Light of Christ. The world, the flesh, and the devil can't stand this Light. The twisted and depraved generation can't stand our presence in their midst. Yet, we're called to be in their midst to show them the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord, to show them the way to healing, forgiveness, and salvation. We show them what it is to be children of God beyond reproach, so that they to can become sons and daughters of the Most High.
Brothers and sisters, we have a missionary vocation. Let us then go and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ by word and example and thus conquer the evils afflicting our generation.