Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Wednesday in the Octave of Christmas

Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ, 

'A Life of Faith' 

The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him. 
Luke 2:33 

Tucked away in a closet is a digital copy of colour slides  given to me years ago for safekeeping. The birthday parties and family vacations documented in these films have been reviewed. many times. I can anticipate each frame with the benefit of knowing for certain what comes next. But real life only goes in one direction, and that is forward. Are there signs to show the way? While we might wish, at times, to foresee the future, it is not ours to know.

When Mary and Joseph entered the Temple for the ritual presentation of their baby boy, they must have been overjoyed and somewhat overwhelmed. They had their hands full--as all new parents do. Unlike other parents, Mary and Joseph were told by a stranger that the baby in their arms was the Messiah. How did they go about raising their son--our Saviour--in light of this prophecy?  They did so by living with the questions. Can I do the same? 

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

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