Comments: opinions before Candlemas

Considering the title of this thread, and having already attended a packed Candlemass celebration in the local church, one can only take heart from the message of today's theme of Jesus as The Light to enlighten the Gentiles - that is, everyone who, though maybe not nurtured in the Judaic Tradition, have become heirs, through Christ, of the fullness of God's Kingdom.

I pray that the Light of Christ may enlighten the hearts and minds of the Primates gathered at this time in Alexandria, in order that our Church may come to more fully understand the need to become part of that light, which welcomes all who long for the redemption that Christ has already given to the world. The radical inclusion of Jesus in his life and ministry, which embraced "All who come to me, who are heavy-laden" should remind us of God's unremitting love for all people, and which, by his grace, he has given to us to share. - "May your light so shine before the world - that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, who is in heaven". This ought to be the message imbibed by this meeting of the Leaders of the Church, so that the Gospel, the Good News, may be preached to all the world

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 1 February 2009 at 12:13am GMT

Don't forget the ancient Celtic feast of Imbolc on 2nd February.

Posted by Rev L Roberts at Sunday, 1 February 2009 at 12:24pm GMT

"Don't forget the ancient Celtic feast of Imbolc on 2nd February."

I prefer to celebrate the Christian meaning of Feb. 2, including our ancient recognition that the pagan celebration of a feast of returning light at that time was part of God's, admittedly limited, revelation of the Light to them, prior to His revelation of the fullnesss of that Light in Christ.

Posted by Ford Elms at Monday, 2 February 2009 at 3:50pm GMT
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