Morning Prayer: June 9th

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Psalm: 105:1-22
Old Testament: Ezekiel 18:1-4;19-32
New Testament: Hebrews 7:18-28

‘Why should not the son suffer for the iniquity of the father?’ When the son has done what is lawful and right, and has been careful to observe all my statutes, he shall surely live. The person who sins shall die. A child shall not suffer for the iniquity of a parent, nor a parent suffer for the iniquity of a child; the righteousness of the righteous shall be his own, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be his own. (Ezekiel 18:19-20)

It may not seem like it on first read….but this prophetic shift in Ezekiel is HUGE . When the law of YHWH was revealed at Sinai, it was made explicitly clear that sin is a generational burden.. Of course the opposite was true as well……righteousness also extended to children…but the idea was that everyone was responsible for the whole well-being of the community.

Now…God declares through Ezekiel that the old ways are gone. God has now decided that each individual is only responsible for him or herself.

In an amazing declaration, God declares that the wicked who repent will no longer have their sins remembered….that they will be washed clean indeed. Through the power of Grace and Love, there is no point where we are beyond redemption. Alleluia! Alleluia!

If you get a chance in the next little bit, why not gather with a priest and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation? It gives us a chance to confess to God our sins…those times when we have missed the mark, and to gain encouragement from a fellow brother or sister in Christ to continue striving to live fully in the Lord.

More than that, we are given absolution. reminded that Jesus came to save us, and rejoices over one sinner who returns than 100 righteous ones. I for one, place hope in that promise. 🙂

Each day, we are given the chance to embrace our hearts of flesh…..and to remember that through Christ….all sins are forgiven, and we are loved beyond all telling.

My dear readers…..my brothers and sisters…go in peace and pray for me, a sinner + ❤

Evening Prayer: 7th Sunday after Epiphany

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Psalm: 145
Gospel: John 10:7-16
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from a treatise of St. Maximus (scroll down to 2nd reading)

One generation shall laud your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts. (Psalm 145:4)

If I had to summarize the greatest fear I have observed in the Anglican Church of Canada since I have joined, it would precisely be connected with this line from the Psalms.

Since joining the ACC some 9 years ago…..one of the big inter-generational issues (at least that I have observed) is a fear that Christian values have not been adopted by the Millennials and Generation Z.

While it is certainly the case that Biblical literacy is incredibly low, that is only part of the story.

Millenials are connected to the Gospel message in a completely different way. Most of our information can be looked up independently and on the web. The fundamental shift has been not so much a lack of story-telling and access to information so much as who is telling the story.

In the past, the Christian story has been largely told and interpreted by the Church community itself [enter denomination of choice here]. Now however, the Christian story is told from every conceivable angle with just the click of a mouse. The voices within this spectrum include the staunch atheist determined to expose the folly of religious belief, to the devout Evangelical who has the exact date, year, and time of day that the world will end…and everything in between. 🙂

(oh and let’s not forget the occasional nutbar who genuinely believes that he is God.)

With this cacophony of information, it’s no wonder that youth in particular are both confused and turned off by the institutional church. That being said…..it is my sense that there is a deep hunger for social justice and community that is present in the younger generation that simply needs an outlet.

It is my sincere hope as the church moves forward we take the time not only to invite youth in, but to ask them what there experiences have been with Christianity. What do they know? What are they passionate about? How do they feel the Holy Spirit is moving in their lives?

By connecting with them as our brothers and sisters, we may learn something not only about them….but about ourselves; together embarking on the lifelong catechumenate of the Christian life. +

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