Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
John the Baptist will be our focus
in the Gospel readings for the coming two weeks. Historically speaking, John set
the stage for Jesus’ ministry. But he also models our own ministry as those who
live between the first and the second coming of Jesus Christ.
from now, the crowd’s various voices ask John three times, “What shall we do?”
(Luke 3:10, 12, 14) John’s message is that we are to share what we have with
those in need and to pursue economic justice.
In other words, followers
of Jesus are not to occupy ourselves solely with salvation after this life.
Following the model of John, we seek to promote the well-being and to relieve
the suffering of other people. And here’s the scary part. We speak up when
others pursue selfish ends at the expense of the weak, the poor, and the
This is not a political agenda. At their very best, Republicans
and Democrats alike argue only about the means by which to accomplish these
ends, not about the worthiness of those ends themselves. Both major political
parties are committed to justice, differing only on the path toward that
destination. We would do well to remember this as our political discourse about
the fiscal cliff begins to heat up.
Turning to a different matter, let me
encourage you once again to be a part of our work in weaving bonds of affection
throughout this diocese. My desire is to connect to you and to help you connect
to one another through electronic media.
To that end, I invite you again
to send me a friend request on Facebook. Each week you will see pictures from
across the diocese. We are a family of loving and creative people. Our churches
are simply beautiful.
Subscribe via email to my blog at http://pelicananglican.blogspot.org.
(Just fill in your email address in the box provided and then respond to the
Feedburner email to verify your subscription.) Consider sharing the sermons
posted there with friends and telling them about the audio sermons at http://sermon.net/bishopjake.
People have also asked me how to get a copy of my book Connecting
the Dots. I am always happy to do a book signing (preceded by a brief talk)
at any of our congregations or at a site that you choose. Simply email me. We’ll
work it out. You can also buy a copy at Amazon.com.
Just click this link. It is available in hardback, paperback, and
Finally, let’s turn to pastoral matters. Jackie Abraham continues
her physical rehabilitation from her fall and surgery. Dianne White continues to
recover from heart bypass surgery. Please pray for Angie Daly--wife of Fr.
Joseph Daly--who will undergo heart valve repair surgery on December 10. Fr.
Bill McBride’s father--Dr. William McBride--passed into eternal life. His
funeral is Thursday at Calvary Baptist in Alexandria at 11:00 a.m. And note that
Don Smith’s funeral will be Saturday, December 8, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s
Cathedral. I will officiate and preach.
What a wonderful diocese we are!
My heart is filled with affection and admiration for you all. I give the Lord
thanks for you and your faithful ministries every day. Advent blessings to you
In Christ’s Love,
The Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby, Ph.D.
The Diocese of
P. O. Box 2031, Alexandria, LA 71309-2031