Christ is risen. Allelujah.
With so many Priests being involved in blogging I think it would be good if we had a guideline how to behave , especially when we deal with those, who just happen to disagree with us and make comments, which perhaps are not appropriate.
On Saturday I often browse through the Anglican Missal, which I use to celebrate Mass and read through the Collect, Epistle and Gospel for that day. I did this this evening as well and I came to the conclusion that there is quite a bit of guidance and information regarding a code of conduct on the blogs there. Lets start off with the Collect : ” we pray that we may love the thing that though commandest. One of the things Christ commanded of us is surely:”Thou shalt love one another as I have loved you.” So , this should become obvious in the way we deal with each other, especially if our religious views differ. And then we pray also that our hearts may be fixed on where true joy is found, away from the manifold changes in this world. Lets face it we sometimes get overexcited and annoyed over these.
The Epistle, which comes from Saint James 1.17 ” Dearly Beloved, every good gift and every perfect gift comes from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights. Here are some good guidlines for us :” Let every man be swift to hear , slow to speak , slow to wrath. Followed by ” lay apart all filthiness, and superfluity of naughtiness. Good advice dont you think? But as Catholic Christians it is more then that , it is a code of behaviour.
Finally in the Holy Gospel for tomorrow from Saint John 16.5 Jesus talks about the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth which is to come and will guide us all in all truth. Therefore my friends if we are spirit filled Catholic Christians we will never ever condemn the Catholic or Protestant Faith of others. We would work together for the common good.
Join me as we close and pray the collect of Purity:
Almighty God unto all hearts be open. All desires known and from whom no secrets are hid. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfect love thee and worthily magnify thy Holy Name.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
A blessed Sunday
Father Ed Bakker