Vicar’s Reflection: 3rd Sunday after Epiphany, 21st January 2018
Disaster can strike in an instant. The family of Trisha Butterworth know this better than most from her tragic death when the tree on the corner two blocks from St Luke’s fell, taking her life. I attended the funeral and wrote to her husband Keith and family on behalf of our Parish to offer our condolences. I felt this was important as Trisha had been part of St Luke’s Parish as a young person, and because the tree that fell was planted by the first vicar of this Parish, the Rev F H Spencer sometime after 1887. Looming disasters force us to urgent action, provided we have some warning. There is a sense of urgency about all the readings today: Jonah had an urgent warning for the greatest city of his time to turn from its wicked ways; St Paul wrote to that Corinthians that “the appointed time has grown short” and Mark records Jesus’ declaration that “The time is fulfilled”. We cannot always know when urgent action is required because sudden disasters, whether an earthquake, car crash, or the falling of a tree, are inherently unpredictable. Our best response then is to live life joyously and generously, always ready to smile and act with kindness and care towards those around us. From what I heard at her service this is how Trisha lived. A life lived well each day is our best witness. Thank you Trisha for your example.