December 3, 2012 § 1 Comment
Welcome to our St. Luke’s Advent blog. In these post-Sandy days, imagining the apocalyptic events of the eschaton described in Scripture is not difficult. Many stood, and some still stand, at the edge of a new level of deprivation: communities experienced death, floods, cold – with hunger and other scarcities close at hand. We came to a deeper thankfulness for the everyday blessings and comforts of our lives, and a new awareness that we live at the edge of a precipice. New York City is 17th in the list of world cities most vulnerable to rising sea levels. And the sea levels on the Northeastern seaboard are currently among the fastest rising in the world. Global warming could devastate America as quickly as cyber or bio-terrorism or fiscal crisis and likely more irreversibly.
One thing that Jesus tries to do in his teaching – and we can hear this particularly in the gospel passages of pre-Advent and early Advent – is to prepare his disciples for calamities ahead. Jesus describes apocalyptic events as a precursor to a new world, the beginning of the birth-pangs of what will become a new heaven and a new earth. We may find it hard to be so hopeful about global warming. But however we understand recent events from a faith perspective, Jesus has given his church the gift and constancy of a community of faith. His prayer is always that his followers will stick together and also reach out beyond their community to others in need. Social media and blogs like this one are a contemporary way of doing just that – expanding and deepening our community and human connnection in difficult times. Please contribute your voice: you and your unique insights are truly valued and appreciated.
-The Rev. Caroline M. Stacey, Rector