JANUARY 2013 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
February 3: Feast of the Presentation/Candlemas/
Bishop Janet Sunderland
February 10: Bishop Cliff Kroski
February 13: Ash Wednesday
Bishops Kroski and Sunderland
February 17: First Sunday of Lent
Bishop Janet Sunderland
February 24: Second Sunday of Lent
Bishop Cliff Kroski
Ash Wednesday Service
Our Ash Wednesday Service will be on February 13th.
6:30 pm, Myrtle Fillmore Chapel.
Please bring any palms left over from last year so
Cliff can burn them for ashes. Thanks!
We begin February with the celebration of the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, Candlemas, and St. Blaise Day. We’ll bless candles for the coming year and receive the special blessing of throats. We also get ready for Lent which begins on February 13th.
The Gospel for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
presents the account of the disciples fishing, catching nothing, and then being told by Jesus to once again go out and cast their nets. They become amazed when they have such a large catch that the nets are at breaking point and another boat needs to assist them. Jesus then tells Simon (Peter), “From now on you will be catching “men.”
The following Wednesday, we celebrate Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. The ashes which will come from last year’s palms remind us that we seek to be transformed. This transformation is a “death” to things which keep us and hold us in darkness. We are told to “follow the light” as we travel through Lent.
Continuing with Luke’s gospel on the First Sunday of Lent, we hear the account of the journey into the desert and the temptation of Jesus. This is the longest account of the temptation found in the Gospels and Jesus has a rather detailed conversation with the devil. The passage concludes with “he (the devil) departed from him (Jesus) for a time.” Interesting. It means that Jesus will be “tempted” again by the devil. This passage reflects our desert experience during Lent as we move from the darkness of our “temptations” into the light of transformation.
The Second Sunday of Lent presents Luke’s “Transfiguration.” Luke’s account of this story is once again the longest version in the Gospels. It is a story of transformation and change that connects Jesus to the Old Testament figures of Moses and Elijah. The Lucan account describes the glory that is already present in the earthly career of Jesus. It also affirms the suffering aspect of the “Son of Man,” for Jesus talks to Moses and Elijah about his exodus, that is, his departure to God through his suffering and death in Jerusalem. Both glory and suffering are affirmed by God’s voice which identifies Jesus as Son and Chosen One.
As we begin our journey into the desert experience of Lent, let us know that we too are “chosen.” We are beloved sons and daughters of God, called to live the “good news.”
+ Janet and + Cliff