Parish Priest’s Message from the “Key” Newsletter – 15 January 2012
It was only 50-60 years ago that segregation was well and alive in the United States of America. Yes, right here in America! It’s hard to believe. Although, we’re far from full equality for everyone, still we’re closer to the goal.
Reaching goals begins with a plan, a dream. One of the great dreamers of our time was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He dreamed of a society where people would not be “judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
While Dr. King is remembered as a Civil Right’s leader, it is important to note that he considered himself first and foremost a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As such, he used the power of Christ’s message of peace, non-violence and love, to conqueror some of the most dirty and disgusting forms of hated and evil.
Dr. King challenged people – and continues to challenge us all through his legacy – to find the power of love in our own lives, to see that LOVE can overcome and overpower all of difficulties and hurdles that present problems to leading our lives in full and in unity with God.
This weekend, we honor the great Civil Rights leader by looking at his life and his goals. I’m honored to be leading the 9th Annual In His Shoes gathering, taking place tomorrow. We will be studying “The American Dream” as we hike up a local mountain and share in spiritual discussion. Join us on the trail or with your prayers. Set your minds on a goal of peace, for yourself, your family, your com-munity and your world. Dream it. Live it. Achieve it.
~ Fr. Vazken
This message is elaborated at youtube.com/armodoxy
*The “Key” is the weekly newsletter of the St. Peter Armenian Church, Glendale, CA – Jesus asked the Disciples, “Who do YOU say that I am?” Peter responded “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Jesus promised the Keys to the Kingdom for this profession of faith. (Mt 16) At the St. Peter, Glendale Parish, our faith and actions are based on that same profession of faith. It is the Key that opens the doors to our journey as Christians…