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God Put Us Here To Accomplish His Purpose In This Time and Age

March 20, 2020

Dear Corpus Christi Family,

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It has been our custom here since Lent 2013 to distribute the Little Black Book, which offers a six-minute daily meditation on the Sunday Gospels of Lent.  The Little Books series comes out of the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan.

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For those of you who have the Little Black Book I refer you to March 9, Monday of the Second Week of Lent.  Part of the day’s meditation is from the story of Esther.  This is one of my favorite stories from the Old Testament and I refer to it often.  I think the story of Esther is very apropos given the current pandemic COVID-19 that we are all experiencing right now.  For those of you who don’t have the Little Black Book I’ll summarize the story of Esther:

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The story of Esther is a story of intrigue at the royal palace in Persia.  Esther was a Jewish woman from the tribe of Benjamin.  Orphaned as a child, she was raised by her cousin Mordecai.

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The pagan king, Xerxes, after he disposes of his wife queen, Vashti, choses Esther to take her place.

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Meanwhile, Haman, a powerful member of the royal court had concocted a plot to have the king, in a single day, kill all the Jews living in Persia.

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Mordecai wants Esther to go to the king to plea on behalf of the Jewish people, and Esther is hesitant to go because to approach the king unannounced would mean death.  This is what Mordecai says: “Do not imagine that you are safe in the king’s place, you alone of all the Jews.  Even if you now remain silent, relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from another source; but you and your father’s house will perish.  Who knows-perhaps it was for a time like this that you became queen” (Esther 4:13-14)?

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Esther bravely went forth and succeeded in saving her people.

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People of God, it was for a time like this that God breathe us into existence as His beloved sons and daughters, to bring the light of Christ into the world.  It is not an accident that we are living in these times, rather God put us here to accomplish His purpose in this time and age. The church is the hope of the world and we are the church.  We are empowered by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit received at both our baptism and confirmation, to bring God’s love into the world.  So be not afraid. St. Paul in his letter to Timothy said: “For God did not give you a spirit of cowardice, but rather of power, and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7).

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I conclude today’s message with a favorite movie quote of mine from the film version of The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.  It’s a conversation between the ring bearer Frodo and the wizard Gandalf:

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Frodo: “I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened”.

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Gandalf: “So, do all who live to see such times.  But that is not for them to decide.  All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us”.

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It is my blessing to be your pastor now, and for many years to come.

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Father Tim

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