Thursday, June 23, 2016

Feria for the Thursday - entering the Kingdom of God

Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,

Matthew 7:21-29

Jesus reminds us in today's gospel, that only those who do the Will of His Father in Heaven, will enter the Kingdom of God.

 The problem comes not from God, but because of us; for we often fail or refuse to acknowledge and accept the bottom line of reality, of what God's Divine Will really is.
 Like many others, I waste all kinds of time in self-absorption, trying to figure out what God would have me do, when the answer lies in the two great commandments, to love God, and to love my neighbour as myself.

 Love is spontaneous and doesn't require much thought. It is we who dissect situations and motivations, trying to ferret out the "hidden" Will of God, when in truth we already know The Truth, and that God's Will is not hidden at all. It simply requires us to immediately put aside our own self-interests, to love God above all other things, and then to love others as much as ourselves.

 Let us begin by frequent, prayerful entreaties, begging God to help us to love Him more. God won't fail to answer such a prayer, but instead He will provide us with a myriad of opportunities to demonstrate our love. Little Therese (St.Therese of Lisieux) gave us a perfect formula: "Do little things with great love."

 By cultivating small, little God-oriented and neighbour-oriented responses to the many challenges of our day, may we begin to habitually live the Will of God in everything, knowing that the Kingdom of Heaven will be ours.

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

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