Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday after the First Sunday in Lent - Reconciliation

Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ, 

I must apologize for the silence on the blog. My wife had an eye operation last Monday 
and it has been hands on care for me all week. The operation was successful , but there 
is a period set aside for the patient to rest and recover. 

Anger is an interesting human emotion. We know that it is a normal human reaction in certain situations, but it is what we do with that anger that becomes significant. 

 The gospel today addresses that topic and Christ warns that "whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment." 
(Matthew 5:23) 

 There are stories of family members not speaking to each other for years, and sometimes they don't even recall the situation that precipitated the break in relations.

 One of the big responsibilities of a parent is to teach their child how to manage this emotion of anger. It is interesting to watch the actions and omissions of parents attempting to do this while shopping in a department store. Some seem better than others in handling this responsibility. We pray for all parents with their tremendous role with children.

 As a model for handling anger, we can look to Jesus as He was being crucified. He could have verbally struck out at those crucifying Him. Instead He prayed, "Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do." 
(Luke 23:34)

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