Psalms: 61, 62
Old Testament: Isaiah 52:1-12
New Testament: Galatians 4:12-20

St. Bridget

My little children, for whom I am again in the pain of childbirth until Christ is formed in you…. (Galatians 4:19)

I’m going to take a moment to jump to the defence of clergy this morning. Often clergy, teachers, and people in other positions of authority get a bad rap for trying to impose their will on others. Sometimes this can be true and there can be abuses of power…but mostly clergy are insistent because they want to see a positive change in the lives of all they serve.

This reflection is brought on in part by a series I read over at the Episcopal Cafe in which the author argued against open table communion.

For those of you who don’t know…open table Eucharist refers not to inter-denominational communicats…but giving the Body and Blood of Christ to those who are not baptized.

Many in the Church today are for this practice….believing that it spreads a message of Grace and inclusivity. While that is true to some extent……where does that leave the Sacrament of Baptism???

The point being made in this article is not so much that the Church wishes to exclude people……but to get people to take the message of Christ seriously. We are called not only to follow him but to die with him….which is a scary prospect and one hell of a commitment to be making! :S

Sometimes when clergy and teachers stick to their guns, it’s not in an effort to be authoritarian, but a genuine desire to see Christ grow within the congregation…..with a solid theological background.

Ministers and those in authority care for their church like they do their own families. Sometimes they are called to make hard decisions….and to insist on some very ancient practices…..but it is all in the hope that the Good News is planted….and a new and free person is born in the Light of Christ. +