The True, the Good and the Beautiful
In ancient Greece philosophers often pondered what it was that made life truly worth living, and they summed up their quest with the phrase the True, the Good and the Beautiful. What is it, they asked, that is truly good and beautiful.
When we pray for God to help us understand and celebrate his dream for the world we are asking for much the same thing. We are asking to see what is truly valuable and worth living for. And even more we are asking for the wisdom to see God’s version of the true, and the good and the beautiful.
Early church teachers often connected Jesus’ saying, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life with the ancient Greek quest for the True and the Beautiful and the Good. They saw the truth of God’s intimate desire to be in relationship with people and the most fundamental truth. The practice of love for one another as the most beautiful expression of God’s love for us, and the goodness in Christ leading to true life.
That is the promise of Jesus. That when we seek first the eternal goodness, the Kingdom of God, it becomes the Way to life.
Unfortunately, in a world marked by getting things done, making it to the top, securing our comfort and survival, it can be easy to neglect the important work of clarifying, and then living out of the true, and the good and the beautiful. Indeed, some who suggest that we commit ourselves to living out of love, or justice, or mercy or compassion are often dismissed as idealists out of touch with reality.
But those who commit themselves to the quest for what is eternally good find that it begins to transform them. It gives a new depth to daily living, and many of the things we thought were so important and that cause us so much stress are put in their correct place. And perhaps, we get a taste of the peace that passes understanding.
I pray St. Paul’s is a place where we will never forget, in the midst of our good work, that it is God’s dream, the True, the Good and the Beautiful, will remain our focus. It is from there that all our ministries and work will find their purpose.
The mission of St. Paul's Children and Family Ministry is to lay a foundation for our children's life-long relationship with God as made known to us through Christ.
Christian Education for Children Prek-5th Grade: Winter/Spring
When: Sundays 9-9:50am
Sunday Journey for School aged children 3 yrs. - 5th grade
We're learning the story of the Resurrected Jesus serving the disciples a fish breakfast!
Join us in the upstairs classrooms of Foote Hall and the garage apts. on Occidental!
Sunday 8 am
Eucharist without music
Sunday 10 am
Sunday 2 pm - Tongan Services
Tongan Prayer - 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays
Anglican Eucharist - 2nd & 4th Sundays
Wednesday: 11 am
Eucharist and Healing
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