Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Feria on the Tuesday

Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ, 

Ezekiel 2:8-3:4
 Psalm 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131
 Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

In today's Gospel, Jesus says, "Unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven."

 Perhaps two of the most characteristic features of being a child are what Jesus is talking about--innocence and dependence on others for everything.

 This is a double-edged sword though, because by nature of their dependence on others, children are vulnerable and their innocence is at risk.

I recently entered into a discussion about the evangelical counsels of 
poverty, chastity and obedience and hear a very interesting statement 
about the virtue of chastity. The definition was more far-reaching than we might have previously thought, and it was described as doing those things which preserve the innocent child within and not doing anything that harms another, be it their body, mind or spirit. That means more than refraining or avoiding sexual temptations and sin, doesn't it?

 We have been told by Jesus to turn and become like children, to be innocent and dependent, without fear, on Him.

Father Ed Bakker 
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province 
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne 
Bendigo, Australia