Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
My house and its contents are old, and periodically, like now, they need repair or replacement. This morning there was an electrical problem with the washing machine; tomorrow it could be something else. . For some reason most of us do not relish picking up the phone and opening our wallets for professional help, but we do believe that somehow the problems can be corrected.
In today's gospel we read about two blind men following Jesus with the hope that He will have pity on them. Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I can do this?"
It is an important question for us to consider with our own personal and family problems and with those of the world. Sometimes we don't even know what we need to make our way straight, considering the themes of Advent. Do we bring our problems and concerns to Christ, and if so, do we believe that somehow He can help us?
For things like washing machines , we use the God-given talents of others. But when our problems are beyond the talents of mankind, we recall that God is there beside us 24/7. We are told that we should never underestimate the power of prayer. God's answers may not be what we would have chosen, but then, we are not God. He knows what is best for us, but first we need to turn to Him.
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne