The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith, Bishop of Newark

The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith

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Bishop Beckwith's favorite benediction

May God give you grace never to sell yourself short.
Grace to risk something big for something good.
Grace to remember that the world is now too dangerous for anything but truth,
and too small for anything but love.
– William Sloan Coffin

On the Bishop's blog, Signs of God's Grace:

Like many of us, on Tuesday evening I watched the President’s State of the Union address. President Obama offered an impassioned appeal for us as Americans to provide help and hope for everyone in the country. Everybody deserves a shot, he said; and he went on about our ability to overcome adversity through hard work and investing in hope; and providing opportunity through initiatives that will level the uneven playing field.

The tradition of giving gifts at Christmas is rooted in the gifts the Wise Men left the infant Jesus twelve days after his birth, as recorded in Matthew's Gospel, and which we commemorate as the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6). The original gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh were given out of gratitude; and indeed, the season of Epiphany is set aside for us to express gratitude over the many ways God's presence comes to us.

Gratitude is a choice made by the head, but requires participation of the heart. For the participants in the original Christmas/Epiphany story, the gratitude did not come easily.

As the Christmas story continues to be told and dramatized and sung, I have an abiding sense that the cave where the Prince of Peace was born was – for a moment, the center of the universe. His parents were there, of course, as were some local shepherds who were drawn in by the voices of a throng of angels and archangels, who were hovering above. Light emanated from the manger, and a celestial light led three dignitaries from far-off foreign lands to the place of birth. It was the same divine light.