Thursday, September 12, 2013
We can trust the Church: Daily Mass Homily--Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
Just so you know, I am still excited not to be back in classes again.
Speaking of classes, our readings caused me to think of one of the courses I took at seminary—ecclesiology—the study of the Church. It is in such study we examine why the Church looks like it does today—why we have a pope and bishops, male priests and the authority inherent in Church hierarchy.
Many in our society belittle our Church. They think she is old fashioned and in great need of updating. Yet our readings show why we can trust the Church, even two thousand years after her founding. First, St. Paul notes that in Jesus “dwells the whole fullness of the deity bodily.” Jesus is no ordinary individual starting a human institution—he is God—and he established a divine institution.
Second, St. Luke records that, “Jesus departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles…” Jesus did not establish the Church willy-nilly. He prayed for an entire night, speaking and listening to His Father before choosing the leaders of his Church. And later he promised that he would be with us until the end of the age.
In a society which thinks little of the Church, we have great reason to have faith in her today.