Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
'We Are Family'
He said to them in reply, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it."
Saint Luke 8:21
Big, extended family reunions can be great fun but a little confusing. Is John your first cousin twice removed or your second cousin once removed? Is Dorothy your grandmother's sister or your grandmother's sister-in-law? No wonder these gatherings often involve name tags and mini-ancestral trees!
Jesus makes it easy for us with our Christian brothers and sisters. All those who hear the Lord's Word and follow it are family. In him we are one, no matter how convoluted or complicated our relationships with each other may be. All he asks is that we be open to introducing him to those who don't yet realize the joy of being part of the family so that we can all prepare together for the reunion to come.
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne
Bendigo in the Central Goldfields