“There was great calm” (Mark 4:39)
On This Date…
At 9:30 AM today the congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, gathered for Sunday worship, their first gathering since the shooting in their church on Wednesday evening during Bible Study of nine of their members, 6 women and 3 men, including the pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney. At 10:00 AM today many churches in Charleston, Protestant and Catholic, rang church bells in solidarity of faith and forgiveness, hope, and love.
At 12:38 PM EDT today summer began with the summer solstice, the day of most daylight in the calendar year. The sun rose this morning at 5:33AM and will set this evening at 8:34PM.
Today is Father’s Day, first celebrated in Washington State on June 19, 1910, and established as a national holiday by President Nixon in 1972. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. Today is a day to remember all fathers, living and deceased. Rev. Pinckney, age 41, was the father of two children.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus, in a boat with His disciples, calmed the wind and sea during a storm – “There was great calm”. On this longest day we pray for calm and light in the hearts of our fathers and in the hearts of the members of Emanuel Church in Charleston. The name “Emanuel” means “God is with us.”
– Father McLaughlin