Sunday, June 22 was the First Sunday after Trinity. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the scripture readings appointed for the day, which all concern the theme of why some evil people prosper while good people suffer. In the Old Testament lesson from Jeremiah 23 the prophet warns against false prophets and tells his readers that God is all-knowing and knows who is evil and who is truly good. In Psalm 73 the psalmist tells us that “Truly God is good to the upright” and cannot be deceived. In the Gospel lesson, St. Luke 16:19, we hear the well-known parable of the selfish rich man who ended up in hell for his greed and the beggar, Lazarus, who went to Abraham’s bosom or heaven as a reward for his goodness. In the Epistle, St. John 4:7, John tells us what our reaction should be to the problem of evil and reminds us that God is love and it is our duty to love Him and love one another: “If we love one another, God dwelleth in us.”
Sunday afternoon I was happy to be invited to the Connells in Norwood for the going away party for Chandler, who will be leaving for the Naval Academy in Annapolis this week. As always at the Connells there was a table full of wonderful food and much to eat and some of Brian’s family was visiting, his father from Washington state and his aunts from Arizona. `I had a good visit with them and heard they are enjoying life very much in their retirement community there. Also on hand was Chandler’s brother, Lincoln, who is home from West Point and we had a good visit talking about his army career and his visits to New York City. It was a very enjoyable and satisfying afternoon.
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