From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris…December 3, 2017

We begin another Church year hearkening back to the darkness of our ancestors before the coming of Christ. Before Christ, the Jewish people carried the promises of God about a savior for centuries, but that was only a small spark in the midst of the overwhelming darkness of the world. They were one nation, in a sea of nations, who carried only the promise, not the fulfillment of the promise, not the actual goods.

It can be hard for us to appreciate this. We still live in a majority Christian nation; the founding of our nation was based on a belief in God and other Christian principles (like human rights). Much of the rest of the world has adopted many core Christian tenets that undergird our socio-political system, such as the interplay between justice and mercy. Even though most of the world is not Christian, those peoples who do not know Christ have in some way been touched by His message as it has filtered down through culture and media and the exchange of ideas and practices.

While we look out on the sea of darkness, we also have a greater certainty than our ancestors in the faith. They had the promises; we have the fulfillment of the promises. They looked forward in hope, and we do too, but we look forward in hope grounded in the fact that God has entered in the world, He has risen from the dead, and He has changed the course of history. This is no small difference.

Our world is still in darkness. Six out of seven people in this world do not know Jesus. Muslims don’t know Jesus because they think He was only a prophet, like any other prophet. Jews don’t know Jesus; those that have even heard of Him know Jesus to be some wandering rabbi of first century Palestine. Most people in the world have probably never even heard the name of Jesus.

This is no small amount of darkness that besets us, and it is good to take stock of this darkness, even if it is not something we are all that familiar with. We can lose sight of how blessed we are. It is more likely that we would have been born not knowing Christ; it is more likely that we would have been born never hearing his name. He has chosen us out of the darkness of this world to carry His light in the midst of the darkness, and this is an indescribable wonder.

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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