Monday, May 5, 2014

Reason to trust the Church: Daily Mass Homily--Friday, May 2nd, 2014

            The reasoning of Gamaliel can give us confidence in the Catholic Church today.  He advised the Sanhedrin that they should be careful about attacking the work of the apostles.  After noting other failed movements, he explicitly said, “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.”
            Look at how much our Church has survived in nearly 2000 years.  The early Church faced persecution, torture and execution.  A number of heresies have threatened to break us apart, especially Gnosticism (in the second and third centuries in which Jesus’ humanness was rejected), Arianism (in the fourth century in which Jesus’ divinity was rejected and which Athanasius condemned), beliefs that Mary was not the Mother of God (in the eight century) and more.  We have been through the schism between east and west, Protestant Reformation, Enlightenment and Modernism.  Today we face the tyrannies of relativism, apathy, materialism and hedonism.
            Yet the Catholic Church is still here.  How could this be, save from God?  This simple fact, that we are around 2000 years after Jesus, is (to me) one of the greatest indicators that we are continually led by Jesus Christ.
            May we continue to pray with the Psalmist: “One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord…” and remain in God’s house on earth.

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