From the Pastor

Beloved,

          When we go shopping in a supermarket, we see thousands of items in boxes. Some are large, some small, some square, some oblong, and some round. We humans often think of ourselves “boxed” in a corner and sometimes in a box from which we cannot see a way out. It is we who sometimes put ourselves in a box or others force us into a box. Our Lord when he became incarnate put himself, willfully, in a box by becoming fully human with all its limitations. Even death. He ended up not as a human on earth, but as a body in a box-his tomb. God put himself into such a “box”, finding his way into Hades (another box) from which no one ever was set free. Our Lord God and Savior is not limited to any of these boxes-not on earth, not in a human body, not in a tomb nor in Hades. 

          The Apostles, following the Crucifixion put themselves in a box called the Upper Room. They were in hiding, terrified they might be the next victims. Frightened and disappointed, they cowed, locked in for they had been followers of Jesus Christ. They had been with him for almost three years. They could not conclude on how to get out of the box in which they felt trapped. Yet the message found in the words of our Lord and the Bible teach us that there is no “box” in which we find ourselves that does not give us a way out. Even if imposed on us by those against us, we are still within the province and purview of God’s realm and authority, power and saving grace. God is never far from us, unless we are the ones who move away from him. “God is not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’” (Acts 17:27-28). All boxes of human experience are still found to be within God’s grace and mercy.

          The truth remains: no box we create or find ourselves in is ever outside of God. When we are in them, in the “box” we are still within God creation, God’s grace and blessing, still living and having our existence in Him. All who are in graves are also not outside of God, for Christ, with his Crucifixion and Resurrection redeems us from the clutches of the Devil, releases us from our “box” and saves us. For Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.”


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