St. George's Episcopal Church | Arlington

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Weekly Clergy Message

06.21.18

    From our Rector

    Dear Friends,

    This Sunday is the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost and our readings are Job 38: 1-11; Psalm 107: 1-3, 23-32;  2 Corinthians 6: 1-13 and Mark 4: 35-41.  

    Job is such an interesting book.  It is named after its protagonist, a man who is completely innocent of any wrongdoing, and yet suffers tremendous pain and loss.  We have often heard the expression, "the patience of Job," but the Greek word translated as "patience" is better understood as "endurance,"  "persistence" or "steadfastness".  

    So, instead of the message of having patience, Job's story of trials, tribulations and suffering is meant to teach us about faithful endurance, steadfastness and persistence.  There is a big difference between having patience and being persistent.  Patience has a connotation of passivity, that we just have to wait things out.  And there is a place for patience.  But having a posture of persistence is much more active.  It means we have more of a role to play when we are experiencing a time of trail.  Job is very engaged with God during his suffering.  

    We can certainly relate to Job these days.  We are acutely aware of the suffering of immigrants at our border and the pain that we feel because of families being separated.  In times like these, we can be persistent like Job, persistent in action and persistent in prayer.  

    One way of being persistent in both prayer and action is to take part in the interfaith Vigil for Family Unity hosted by the Episcopal Church today at the United Methodist Chapel at 100 Maryland Ave NE on Capitol Hill.  Details at https://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/immigration.  There is also a "Virtual Vigil to offer prayers through social media https://www.facebook.com/events/790637474463760/

    You can also offer private prayers throughout the day and come together to pray with the Saint George's community this Sunday.

    Persistence is a godly virtue.  Persistence is important in our own lives and for the life of the world that Jesus came to redeem.  

    Yours in Christ,

    Shearon+

     Source:  The New Oxford Annotated Bible, Oxford University Press, 2001

    From our Associate Rector 

    Rev. John B. Shellito is away on vacation and will return on Monday, June 25, 2018.