Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
Today, we learn that the followers of the apostles are growing in number to the point of an unmanageable state. Through discernment, prayer and their personal reputations they chose people to help minister to the multitude. The apostles did this for one reason: they knew they must proclaim God's Word and it was the priority of their lives.
In the Church today many clergy are so busy in diocesan and parish related tasks and duties that the apostolic call to proclaim the Word of God is threatened or lost.
The laity is called by the Church to use the gifts God has given them to serve and minister to the Body of Christ. With discernment and prayer, just as with the apostles, the laity should enter into service. Such a response would free up our bishops and priests to focus on the proclamation of God's Word to the world.
It is a feeling of awe, that the apostolic tradition formed by Jesus Himself some 2000 years ago is still here as our guide today. If we would only hold fast to this with our hearts and let the Holy Spirit guide us, then we shall one day walk with Jesus and His disciples. Let us, both clergy and laity, pray for one another, that we might discern the Will of God in our lives and live it unselfishly.
Father Ed Bakker,
Anglican Catholic Church/Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne
Launceston on Tasmania,