Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tuesday in the Octave of All Saints - Holiness is what I long for

Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ, 

亲爱的父亲和朋友在基督里

In the past few days we observed two very meaningful feastdays, the Solemnity of All Saints and All Souls. We talked a lot about Saints and God's Holy people, who crossed the river Jordan to be with Him for ever. 

Jesus Himself said that we need to be Holy ourselves. 1 Peter, the verses 1:16 " Because it is written, Be Ye Holy, because I am Holy". Holiness is loving God , serving God and walking indeed in all His Holy ways of righteousness and peace.In our daily lives in this world for all turmoil , that can be quite a challenge. We often , when we are in the workplace or gathering with friends that we need to observe this Holiness. This means that we dont curse in the workplace and that we dont laugh at our Senior Managers dirty jokes. That means in the circle of friends  not to get drunk, not to swear and not to crack dirty jokes. Also have we set high standards to what we watch in the movies and tv? It is not possible to have two standards, one for Sundays when we go to Mass and mix with fellow Parishioners and one we adopt when we are in the world , i.e. the workplace , the pub, the cafe's etc. So when you look back on your day today , can you tell me whether you have made every effort to be Holy? Or has it been extremely difficult?

To be Holy at all times is difficult for us  as we were conceived in sin. Yes we pray to the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts , so that when it comes to Holiness we can follow into Jesus's footsteps. Whenever you come across something that is just so evil, the " claim the blood of Christ" , it is all powerful and will protect you from all evil. 

Lord , make us members with Thy Saints in Glory everlasting.

Amen 


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

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