Thursday, September 3, 2015

Feria for the Thursday

Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ, 

'Catching Souls for the Kingdom' 

Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men." When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him. 
Saint Luke 5:11 

God longs to commission each of us, just as he commissioned Peter. As we allow God to overwhelm us with his love, we, too, will hear the call to discipleship. We will know that we are unworthy of such an honor, but we will also know that, through repentance, we can be empowered by the Spirit to intercede, to forgive and to proclaim the gospel. 

As our relationship with Jesus deepens, so too will our love for him, and, like Peter, we will want to forsake everything for God. Let us not be afraid to humble ourselves before the Lord and receive the commission he has for us. There is no greater honor than to be a servant of the Lord, equipped to "catch" souls for his kingdom. 

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

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