Dear Friends in Christ,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† August 1, 2010

In the month of August, during the continuing season of Ordinary Time, we reach the hot sweltering heat of the season. It is known as the Dog Days of Summer. It is not because the dogs lay around in the shade to find some relief from the heat, but because the two southern constellations Canis Major (Great Dog) and Canis Minor (Little Dog) appear in the sky. Sirius is the brightest star in Canis Major and the brightest star in the summer sky.

Because we are the people of God, we are to reflect the qualities of our creator. We, like Sirius, are to be Godís brightness in the world. We are to be Godís light in the darkness that surrounds us. We are to be the shining example of what is to, do Godís will and be in harmony and in tune with the qualities of our creator. Jesus is our living example of being in harmony with Godís will as a child of God.

We are called to help those in need, not out of obligation, but out of the sincere call of our heart in response to Godís call that we share our joy and our light of encouragement. Christianity is not a spectatorís sport. We are called to get into the game. Our faith involves risk. It is the risk of being vulnerable and opening ourselves to caring for and about others. We are called to action because our God is a god of action, and Jesus our Lord demonstrates what that call to action looks like. He demonstrates what it is to be in right relationship with the Father, and right relationship with all people.

As a Christian community, we are called to right action. We see this reflected in our response in serving, with the Meals On Wheels program. We see this reflected on our response in serving with our donations of food to the Food Bank program. We see this reflected in our response in service with our Shoe Drive for the school children. We see this reflected in our caring for each other: insuring rides to chemo therapy, calling on members who are home bound, helping the needy, helping the stranger traveling through our town on a bike, sharing our individual thanksgivings, and sorrows lifted up in prayer. We truly are the Body of Christ in our words and actions.

So, in this season of summer, in the Dog Days of our life, let us be the light God has called us to be. Let us turn to the work and the call of God. Let us be a brightness, and reflect the light of Godís love to those around us. Let us answer the call to service and to serve our God, in all that we do to bring The Kingdom into the here and now.

Yours-In-Christ, Jim