Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The Vestry of St. James Parish would like to share with you this meditation, which has been adapted from the “Forward Day by Day” Publication:

Matthew 4:19     And (Jesus) said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”

Followers of Jesus pass on the good news every day in sincere conversations and acts of common decency.   Caring enough to listen compassionately to someone else’s pain, grief, or remorse can convey the message of grace and new life more profoundly than words we might speak.

The martyrs of the ancient church died – often gruesomely – rather than renounce their faith.  But the Greek word from which martyr comes doesn’t refer to death.   It means to witness.   Andrew died in Patras, Greece.   He was tied to an x-shaped cross and died over a two-day period.   Throughout his ordeal, he shared with onlookers his faith in life found in Christ.

As the baptized, we witness to the resurrection by how we live.   Our compassion for others, our perseverance through hardship, and our humble pursuit of peace and justice demonstrate that a world-transforming love is at work in our lives.