OCTOBER 2012 NEWSLETTER
Community of the Incarnation
Where Everyone Embodies the Christ
A Progressive Independent Catholic Church
Bishop Janet Sunderland Bishop Clifford J. Kroski
Charles Fillmore Chapel, Unity Temple on the Plaza
707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO
10:30 a.m. Charles Fillmore Chapel
October 7: Bishop Cliff Kroski
October 14: Bishop Janet Sunderland
October 21: Bishop Cliff Kroski
October 28: Bishop Janet Sunderland
This month’s healing service will be Tuesday, October 9th
at 7 pm. We will resume watching one of the Jesus videos.
The year, we’ll once again send a donation to the Kansas City Mission to help feed the homeless over the holidays. If you are able, please contribute. Make checks to KC Rescue Mission. Thanks!
Can it be that October is here? It seems as if we were sweltering in 100 degree heat only a few days ago. Now the weather is cooler and we’re beginning to see the annual change of color in nature as well as all of the fall activities.
As always, the liturgical year marches on to its culmination in November.
We continue to hear Mark’s Gospel this month and the readings continue to challenge us on our Christian journey.
he first Sunday of the month is Mark’s account of marriage laws in Jewish culture:
Divorce was permitted under the Law of Moses. But divorce was not just between two people, it was between two families. Often a divorce led to a feud and bloodshed. With this aspect, divorce was to be avoided at all cost. In addition, a woman could not commit adultery against her husband. Only the man could committed adultery against his wife. But in doing so, he also shamed the other man and the man’s family.
Jesus takes the Law of Moses one step further. He tells the people that the man and the woman both commit adultery, so what God has joined together must not be separated.
The second Sunday of the month has more commands from the gospel. A young man asks Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus repeats the commandments and then tells the man to “sell what you have and give to the poor.” The man was rather wealthy and he walks away. Jesus then utters the familiar statement, “ It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
The “eye of the needle” is not a literal eye of a needle, but a passageway in Jerusalem, where a camel had to bend down to enter the city.
Jesus then says that if one is to follow him, one must renounce all possessions, even family. It is a familiar passage regarding the costs of true discipleship.
The gospel for the Twenty-ninth Sunday of the year has James and John asking Jesus what they must do to sit at his right and his left hand in the kingdom. Jesus tells them that what they are asking is demanding and not easy for it requires true servant hood.
Service is at the heart of the gospel message. Jesus demands the same actions of service from his followers as his own actions to serve. How do we serve in our everyday lives? If we serve without repayment, then we, too, are following the model of the Christ.
The last Sunday of the month gives us a healing narrative. A blind man calls out to Jesus and Jesus asks him, “What do you want me to do for you.” The man says he is blind and whats to be healed. Jesus restores the man’s sight because of the man’s faith.
What do we ask of the Christ in our lives? How can we view our lives in a way that is more in keeping with the gospel message?
Peace, + Cliff and + Janet