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Archbishop Smith upon the Mass of Thanksgiving for the Ministry of Bishop Gregory Bittman

When Bishop Gregory Bittman was first named to the episcopal ministry, he chose as his motto: Christus Iesus spes nostra, Christ Jesus is our hope.

It is taken from St. Paul's first letter to Timothy. I draw our attention to it because this phrase is a striking summary of the message of the Scripture passages that we heard this evening. It also gives expression to the urgent task to be embraced in our day by all disciples generally and by the Bishop in particular.

What the Scriptures teach us is this: hope is possible, hope is real, hope changes lives, and this hope arises from placing our faith not in our own abilities but in God’s fidelity to His promises.

Our task is to announce this hope to our world, and we look to the Bishop to lead us in doing so. More...