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Bishop’s Note: February 8, 2018 – An Attitude of Gratitude
Last Sunday’s gospel lesson, from the Gospel of Mark chapter 1 verses 29-39, are some of my favorite scriptures.  The story of Jesus’ healing of Simon Peter’s mother-in-law gives a wonderful snapshot into the life of Jesus and his disciples.

It’s Saturday afternoon; Sabbath services are just ending, and Simon Peter has invited his brother Andrew, Jesus, James, and John to supper at his house. Simon Peter has gone on ahead to make preparations, but he has discovered that his mother-in-law, whom he hoped would make dinner, is lying ill in bed with a fever. Simon Peter meets Jesus at the front door – apologetic about supper not being ready, and probably
suggesting another alternative. But Jesus will have none of that; he asked to see the ill woman. Simon Peter leads Jesus back to his mother-in-law. Jesus leans down and takes the woman’s hand in his. Immediately, the fever leaves her, she rises, washes her hands, and begins to prepare the Sabbath supper.

Jesus’ compassion is without bounds! He demonstrates this compassion to Simon Peter’s mother-in-law, and to Simon Peter and his wife. As Christians, we expect to see Jesus heal the sick, but what I love to see is the mother-in-law’s response. She rises and immediately begins to serve Jesus. Now, Jesus didn’t heal her in order to get supper cooked, and she didn’t serve out of social habit. She responded out of gratitude. Gratitude for her healing; gratitude for the visit of such a holy man coming to her home; and gratitude for Jesus’ special attention paid to her son-in-law.

This year we are examining the behaviors and attitudes of disciples of Jesus Christ. Gratitude is both an attitude and a fruit of the character of a disciple of Jesus Christ.

As we enter into the season of Lent, I invite you to ponder the sacrifice that Jesus made on your
behalf, and the response that sacrifice has elicited with in you.

During the season of
Lent we often practice the virtue of self-sacrifice, and I encourage you to do so this Lent as well. But in addition, I would like to invite you to consider acts of kindness and gratitude, as demonstrations of your attitude of gratitude.

I pray you all a very blessed Lent!

Bishop Menees

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February 11
Bishop @ Our Lady of Guadalupe

February 14
Ash Wednesday/Valentine's Day

February 16 - 18
Vestry Retreat (Register here: 

February 18
Bishop @ Our Lady of Guadalupe

February 19
Diocesan Office Closed

February 25
Bishop @ Our Lady of Guadalupe

March 4
Bishop @ St. David's

March 11
Bishop @ St. Peter's

March 13
Rural Deans Meeting

March 17
Diocesan Council Meeting

March 18
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March 22
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March 25
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March 29
Maundy Thursday

March 30 
Good Friday - Diocesan Office Closed

March 31
Holy Saturday

April 1
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April 8
Bishop @ Faith Anglican

April 14
Spring Gathering of Daughters of the Holy Cross (info coming soon!)

April 15
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April 21 
Diocesan Council Meeting
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