Ministry of the Disabled

Each month I get the magazine Christianity Today. This months issue has an interesting article. Click here to read it.

I wrote a letter to the editor about it and since they don’t publish all the letters sent I wanted to share it with you.

I wanted to take a few moments to thank you and give feedback on the wonderful article “The Ministry of Disabled,” from page 35 of May 2018 issue.

I am a pastor as well as a mental health professional. For the last four years I’ve worked with children and adults with various developmental and intellectual disabilities, especially in the area of autism. I have a step-son who is non-verbal autistic. If we can only take a few moments and see the world and Christ through their eyes we would truly be blessed!

We as members of the Body of Christ must be united with all persons who make up the body. Our special adults and children have so much to offer and they embody the Greek word diakonos (servant/minister). They serve their church and God with so much love and compassion that they offer a rare glimpse of what Agape love is. Do not hide these great Ambassadors of Christ!  Embrace them, embrace the gifts that the Holy Spirit has bestowed upon them!

Remember what Christ said in Matthew 25:45 (Amp): “Then He will reply to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did not do it for one of the least of these [my followers], you did not do it for Me.’” Encourage our differently-abled in their ministry opportunities. Include them in: worship, prayer and teaching ministries. Remember the Gates of Glory are open to ALL who love God.

In His Loving Service

Rev. Fr. Edward L. Tatro, Jr.

Vicar

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Good Friday Reflections

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. MARK‬ ‭15:22-41‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Then they brought Him to the place [called] Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull. They tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh [to dull the pain], but He would not take it. And they crucified Him, and divided up His clothes among themselves, casting lots for them to see who should take what. It was the third hour (9:00 a.m.) when they crucified Him. The inscription of the accusation against Him had been written [above Him]: “THE KING OF THE JEWS.” They crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left. [And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “He was counted with the transgressors.”] Those who were passing by were insulting Him with abusive and insolent language, wagging their heads [as a sign of contempt], and saying, “Ha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in [only] three days, save Yourself by coming down from the cross!” In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes, were ridiculing and mocking Him among themselves and saying, “He saved others [from death]; He cannot save Himself! Let the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed), the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, so that we may see and believe and trust [in Him]!” Those who were crucified with Him were also insulting Him. When the sixth hour (noon) came, darkness covered the whole land until the ninth hour (3:00 p.m.). And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “E LOI, E LOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” –which is translated, “M Y GOD, M Y GOD, WHY HAVE Y OU FORSAKEN M E?” Some of the bystanders heard Him and said, “Look! He is calling for Elijah!” Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave Him a drink, saying, “Let us see whether Elijah is coming to take Him down.” But Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed out His last [voluntarily, sovereignly dismissing and releasing His spirit from His body in submission to His Father’s plan]. And the veil [of the Holy of Holies] of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. When the centurion, who was standing opposite Him, saw the way He breathed His last [being fully in control], he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” Now some women also were watching from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the Less and of Joses, and Salome. When Jesus was in Galilee, they used to accompany him and minister to Him; and there were also many other women who came up with Him to Jerusalem.”

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“It is finished.” He suffered so we could live in Glory with the Father. By virtue of our Holy Baptism We died with him on that cross and come Sunday morning we will be raised anew with his Glorious Resurrection.

However we must not be stagnant just because our Victory has been won for us on Golgotha/Calvary. We have commandments to follow as well as the Great Commission to fulfill. We must not turn a blind eye to sin. We must teach the sinner that they are in sin and teach them of the redemption offered by Christ.

Pray for the world brothers and sisters, pray for those in sin that they may seek redemption, pray for the governments of the land, pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters, and lastly pray for me.

Remember It Is Finished but do not squander the Victory won this day!

The Aftermath

Hurricane Irma

I was stationed at Melbourne High School for Hurricane Irma, it was one of the hurricane shelters opened by Brevard County.

We spent four days in the shelter, where I was the amateur radio operator; relaying information to/from EOC to the shelter manager.  This was the first year that the American Red Cross was no longer in charge of the shelters and with the county in charge.

Out during the beginning of the outer bands.

Continue reading “The Aftermath”

I’m Back!

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I am back to ministry functioning once again in the episcopate ministry.  I was on a sabbatical/brief retirement the past two years (for lack of a better word).  When God tries to get a person’s attention…He starts off with the still quiet voice…It took Him not only hitting me over the head with a club, but also dragging me to my senses to realize this is where I belong…this is what I belong doing.  This is my calling.  I’ve missed this work more than I led myself to believe.

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To my followers new and those that have kept in contact with me…the Prodigal Padre is back, I ask for your forgiveness if you at all felt that I had abandoned you at anytime.  I’m back with a new gusto for my vocation.  I’m back ready and willing to give advice, wisdom, counsel, debate and all the other things I’ve done in the past. Please know I will be here for you to help you along your faith journey, help shed light for your walk with Christ or to just bring what comfort I can in times that you need it.  I ask that you keep me in prayer to be the best Shepard I can be.

I close with one of my favorite hymns that is based on one of the pieces of Scripture I attribute to my ministry.