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1 Timothy 3:8-9 Deacons likewise must be serious, not double-tongued, not indulging in much wine, not greedy for money; they must hold fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
Reading the concerns and hopes of faith communities from across the ages reminds me how little has changed for us. The particulars of the issues may be different, but the sameness of human experience echoes across millennia. We struggle with differences, we feel grief, we strive for hospitality, and we long to contribute. We hope for unity in diversity. And we want to know we are loved by each other and by God.
Today the Church remembers Bede, the Venerable, Priest, and Monk of Jarrow, 735.