Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15
Psalm 103:1-2, 13-14, 17-18a
In the First Reading we get a lesson about the discipline of the Lord.
Most of the time, I would say, God leads us gently, allowing us plenty of opportunity and time to develop good habits.
Sometimes, however, a situation is so serious that it demands immediate and more forceful communication.
"Stop!" the father yells as he yanks back his son about to step out into traffic! There is no time for discussion; there is too much at stake.
An adult understands this. A child may not and may be frightened or even angry by such uncharacteristic behaviour by an otherwise soft-spoken parent.
It is the same with us. We like to be treated gently and are dismayed when it seems God is treating us roughly.
Pray then that God will give us the grace to understand that all is given with love, meant for our welfare and is necessary, lest we perish!
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne