A Message from Mother Anita
Dear people of Saint Ann's,
Steve and I feel so welcome and profoundly grateful to you for your work on our behalf. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Thank you for the beautiful reception last Sunday and for your greetings. Here is an open invitation to visit us in the beautifully restored rectory (no vegetable or flower garden this summer, so those gifts of homegrown vegetables and flowers are particularly welcome our first summer with you).
One of the things I have learned in life (and keep learning) is that the simpler the question, the tougher the answer. It seems to be particularly true in our life as Christians. Try these out: Who is Jesus? Why does evil happen? What is salvation? What is the church? The less these questions are adorned, the more pressing they become. But it does not have to be this way.
Let me try a simple question out with you. Taking my cue from Jesus in Sunday's Gospel let me make a question of his statement, "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Ponder with me, "Where is your treasure?" According to Jesus, "It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." If that is so, what is the hold up? It all relates to the treasure.
The unfailing treasure is eternal - God's kingdom, also found in the present moment. It's sort of a paradox - the treasure is eternal in God's kingdom - and the treasure is right now. We don't need to look, much less wait, for the treasure to come to us. Teresa of Avila, sixteenth century nun and female doctor of the church said it best, "The truth is that the treasure lies within our very selves." There's the insight to take back into the world. As I get to know you this summer, let's explore the treasures of Saint Ann's - the obvious ones and the ones yet to be discovered. I'm ready to go!
P.S. Thank you for continuing to wear your nametags. If this is a new custom for you, I am particularly grateful to you for wearing these tags which will help me and Steve (and other newcomers) get to know one another even more quickly.