Psalm 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14
Can the wedding guests mourn as long as
the bridegroom is with them?" (See Matthew 9:15)
Some years ago I was blessed to live near a Dutch Bakershop, which was run by a Dutch family. I enjoyed
watching the expressions on the faces of the customer as they exit the store with their bags and boxes of delicious pastries.
However, that sort of "bread" lasts only for a short time and the customers return for more.
We are even more blessed to have our Anglican Catholic Church/Original Province in this country, where at every Mass
the Parishioners receive the Eternal One, the Bread of life! The people have a different expression after receiving Holy Communion.
The awe, wonder and joy is deeper. There is a feeling of reverence.
At Christmas we sing "Joy to the World, The Lord Has Come!" As Catholic Christians, we have reason to experience deep, pervasive joy because we deeply believe Christ is with us. Yes, we have times of sadness and of grief, as did Jesus, Mary and the apostles. But beneath it all, is a peaceful joy which permeates our being. May others see and experience us as a joyful people.
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church/Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne
Bendigo in the Central Goldfields
Victoria - Australia