We have to allow God to change us.

Tom Shaw ssje (2)kids 9 (2)The morning of Bp Shaw’s death, the short-passage-for-the-day from the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) was entitled “Eternal Life.”  It was this single sentence from a 2011 sermon by Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE:

“In order to enter eternal life, in order to share in the feast, the banquet prepared for us by God, we have to be changed. We have to allow God to change us.”

The entire sermon is lovely and well worth reading. And re-reading. But I find that one sentence so meaningful. I think it goes directly and clearly to the essence of the challenge of Christian life and I believe it was implicit in Tom Shaw’s ministry. He helped us to be changed. It was a privilege to be a priest in his diocese. I give thanks for my good fortune in that regard, and extend my sincere condolences to the brothers of his SSJE family.

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