Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
Psalm 119:41, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48
"Though you cleanse the outside of the cup
and the dish. . . ."
Jesus has strong words for those who, while observing the letter of the law, seem to be immune from its spirit. Sometimes that comes from willfulness. Sometimes it comes through misunderstanding.
You can obey every Church doctrine and assent, you can go to mass every day. You can confess every week. But if you have not love, which is the spirit and foundation of all the law, you are like a clanging gong.
Love is central to the experience of God. Love is cleansing. Love is perfecting. Our love of God shines out as we show love to one another, and as we show healing love to our less fortunate brothers and sisters.
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne