Thursday, April 21, 2016

May God have pity on us and bless us.

 
Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,

'May God Be Known and Praised'

May God have pity on us and bless us.
Psalm 67:2


I recall a story once told by me by a sisters, who entered a convent more then 50 years ago, she was issued a number, which was 67. So dutyfully she sew this number on all her clothing and inscribed it on all her prayerbooks. As she was a curious neophyte to the religious life, she looked up Psalm 67 to see if there was a special message from God for her in this Psalm.

And indeed she was pleased to see that the Psalm was a joyful one and not a lamentation.  It asked God to be gracious to us and bless us. That's beautiful! And it also contained a wish that resonated with my young, idealistic heart: "May the peoples praise you" (verse 4), and "may all the ends of the earth fear him" (verse 8).
Time has passed now , but she admitted that she still have this deep longing in her heart that God might be know and praised to the ends of the earth.

Can we ask ourselves to what we are doing to help to bring about this reality ?

Father Ed Bakker,
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne
Launceston on Tasmania
Australia



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