Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Feria on Wednesday - co-operating with the Holy Spirit

Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ 

Ezekiel 34:-11
 Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
 Matthew 20:1-16

For all our technology that should enable us to have more time, we seem to never have enough of it. This challenge becomes even more acute when we stop to think of what we are doing for our eternal salvation. 

 True enough, God has saved us through His Son, but He has also given us His Holy Spirit to complete the work of His Son. How well have we worked, and cooperated with this same Holy Spirit? Whatever our answer, today's Gospel tells us that whenever we begin is good enough for God. The workers in today's gospel thought that the owner would pay them according to how long they had been working. But instead, he paid them all the same. 

 From a human point of view, it seems that the owner was unfair, or ungrateful toward those who bore the noon day sun, but from the point of view of God, it was very fair. This is because God is not bound by time and space, as we are. As a result, at any time we begin to work, and cooperate with the Holy Spirit, is fine enough for God. 

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