Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22b-27
Psalm 84:3, 4, 5-6, 12
Remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter in your brother's eye.
Tolkien's Hobbits were little people, always getting into trouble, annoying one another, doing the wrong thing at the wrong time to upset and spoil an otherwise splendid gathering – yet they were quite loveable.
We are God's children, little creatures who are sometimes, perhaps often, insecure and resentful, but if we are open to His grace, our hearts end in the right place.
Our Lord was so very patient with His disciples. He taught them, as He teaches us, with a love He shared with His heavenly Father. Let us take His words to heart and truly strive toward purity of heart, so that we may become like Him, and see clearly.
For You so loved the world
that in Your mercy You sent us the Redeemer;
to live like us in all things but sin,
so that You might love in us what You loved in Your Son.
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne