One Solitary Life
From the Desk of Father David
Dear Parishioners and Friends in Christ,
As we approach Christmas I would like you to reflect upon the following poem and the short reflection that follows after it.
One Solitary Life
Here is a man who was born in an obscure village. He grew up in an obscure village. He worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty, and then for three years he was an itinerant teacher.
He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never traveled, except in his infancy, more than two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompanies greatness. He had no credentials but himself.
While he was still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied him. He was turned over to his enemies. He went through a mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. His executioners gambled for the only piece of property he had on earth, his seamless robe. When he was dead, he was taken down from the cross and laid in a borrowed grave through the courtesy of a friend.
Nineteen wide centuries have come and gone, and today he is the centerpiece of the human race and the leader of all human progress. I am well within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever were built, all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as this one solitary life.
Reflection: What did Jesus do that made such a big difference? He loved and forgave everyone. He loves those who followed him, his followers, the sinners, the learned, the uneducated, and even those who would reject and torture him. Many times, He loved in simple ways and sometimes in dynamic ways. Jesus showed us the face of the Father is loving and poured out His Spirit into our hearts so we can love and forgive.
Loving God help us to be loving like Jesus now and forever.
In Christ’s love,