St. John’s Tide
When as parents you have taken care of your children for years, when you have spared no cost or effort to give them the best that was possible, perhaps the moment comes sooner or later when they give something back. As small children they naturally accepted little and large gifts without any idea of what it took to get those for them. As growing children and rebellious youths, perhaps they never uttered a word of thanks, sometimes even the opposite. And when that time is also past, when they are experiencing personally what it takes to care for others day in, day out, the moment comes perhaps that the children give something back to their parents, out of their own free will. Usually, the story starts from the beginning again as soon as our sons and daughters get children of their own. Then only do they realize what their parents have done for them.
God is as a Father for human beings on earth. No heartless, despotic tyrant, but a Father who ceaselessly bestows love on us, whatever happens. Our humanity mostly reacts to this gift like little children: carelessly, ignorantly—or like rebellious youths: mockingly, shrugging their shoulders.
In the Act of Consecration of Man we learn what this gift means to us. For the Divine Father this is the moment when His beloved daughters and sons respond to His gift out of their own free will. Every Act of Consecration is a eu-charist—literally: thanksgiving. In St. John’s Tide this eucharist culminates in the eulogy:
“To the Father God … shall stream our souls’ devoted and heart-warmed thanks.”
–Rev. Bastiaan Baan, July 11, 2021
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