Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
Qin'ài de fùqin, péngyoumen zài jidu li
Hyvät isät , ystävät Kristuksessa
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
"They have no food" the apostles informed Jesus, in today's gospel. And yet, miraculously, Christ fed the five thousand people, and fed them Himself we are told. The same message is heard today, that is, they have no food.
I just opened my e-mail today, and like other mornings there are numerous requests for donations for food and the essentials of life from well-intentioned organizations. There are also the phone solicitations. What are we to do? We can't help everyone! Christ gives us Himself in the Eucharist. We, in turn, are strengthened to carry on His ongoing mission, which includes helping the needy.
There are times in our lives when it is obvious what we are to do. At other times, it takes prayerful planning and discernment. For starters, it is not our role to be critical of people because they are in need. Christ did not first send out His disciples to judge why people were hungry. Yes, in time, perhaps we can help fix the many broken and overtaxed social systems in our world, but first things first.
Today, Lazarus is knocking at our door.
Father Ed Bakker,
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne