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THE GROWING TIME

In the early light of a hot and humid Summer morning, Fr Chris Davidson drinks his morning tea and enjoys his garden and the cat Bathsheba and reflects for a few minutes on the Church and the World and then tries to thank God for his goodness.

The World News is inevitably depressing.

The National News makes no sense.

So many of the world’s decision makers seem not to understand that we are destroying our planet.

But Bathsheba the cat, ‘Bashie’ to the family, purrs and is grateful for her breakfast.  The first flush of roses is over and the long Summer crop constantly needs the attention of the secateurs.

Yesterday’s ‘Thought for the Day’ reminded me of the great man Sir Thomas Moore who put God before King and paid for that.

The Church of England’s General Synod prepares to debate the latest matters that will hopefully have a bearing on our Church life in the coming months and years.

The Church Year has moved into the time after Trinity Sunday and so we need to at least ponder the mystery of the Trinity from time to time.

Creator          Redeemer     Sustainer

Maker            Saviour          Inspirer

Father            Son                 Holy Spirit

A trinity of the Trinity and the rationale behind the words I hope I use every day, taught from the cradle by the Universal Catholic Faith ‘In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’ at the same time as making a sign of the cross from ‘head to heart, from shoulder to shoulder’ reminding me that ‘I belong to God’.

The Church calls this time ‘Ordinary Time’.  That doesn’t mean that it is time of no consequence.  It means that in Church time it is ‘Ordered’.

Early medieval books used the term ‘ordo anni circuli’ meaning ‘the order of the annual cycle’ referring to feast days and seasons.

Maybe at this difficult time in the world’s and our country’s history, we should think of the time we have reached as ‘Growing Time’ when we all need to grow in wisdom, learning and understanding, each of us, in our own Faith.

We also can remember the other classification of this time of the year as the Sundays after Pentecost and continue to pray for the Holy Spirit.

‘Father of light, from whom every good gift comes,

send your Spirit into our lives

with the power of a mighty wind;

and by the flame of your wisdom

open the horizons of our minds.

Loosen our tongues to sing your praise

in words beyond the power of speech,

for without your Spirit

we could never raise our voices in words of peace

or announce the truth that Jesus is Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. 

Amen.

May the Peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep our hearts and our minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

God Bless you all in these Summer Days.

Chris

with Bashie the wise cat.