Sunday, April 14, 2013
Daily Mass Homily: Friday, April 12th, 2013
The Pharisee Gamaliel utters quite a prophecy today. He says to the Sanhedrin, “So now I tell you, have nothing to do with these men, and let them go. For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God.” Gamaliel’s prophecy has proved true today. Our Church is still standing 1.2 billion strong nearly 2000 years after Jesus Christ established it.
One of the greatest arguments that God indeed established the Church is to look at our history. We have survived early martyrdoms and persecutions, dark times, corrupt leaders and even recent scandal. There is no way we would have survived on our own power and I am left to believe only God could have ensured our existence for this long.
Sometimes I wonder what Gamaliel would think if he could see us now. I bet he’d say, “I told you so!”
This morning we give God thanks and praise for His great gift of the Church.