Summer Service Challenge

Summertime Challenge
As another school year comes to an end, and as we are entering the season of graduations, celebrations and in-person social gatherings, there is an underlying uneasiness. There is a certain apprehension as this summer is the first in 2 years with COVID vaccines being available to all and since travel restrictions are removed.

It is also during this season that the most vulnerable among us will become marginalized and go without food, clothing, shelter or health-care – the basic necessities of life. So, this where you and I become partners in ministry in doing the best we can with the resources we have to prevent the cycle of poverty to manifest itself again.

In the Luke’s gospel, Jesus says, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (9:62) In other words, no one who after making a promise and does not follow through is fit for the kingdom of God – No ifs or buts – no excuses. No one with regrets about serving God or fulfilling Jesus’ mandate, is fit for the Kingdom of God.

So, as you engage in your summer picnics, celebrations, retreats and travels, it is my hope that you be mindful of those in need and know that you are never alone on this journey we call life – for Jesus is with us as promised…to the end. Amen!
The Rev. Romeo K. Dabee
JFK Airport Community Minister