Our Lord Told Us This Time in the Church Would Come October 29, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Bible, catachesis, different religion, episcopate, General Catholic, mortification, Papa, scandals, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
Something that has to be born in mind when reading Sacred Scripture, is that it is filled with types. These types are indicators of future events. Thus, the Exodus from Egypt is a type for our earthly sojourn. Numerous prophecies referred to the coming Messiah. Other events, like the sacking of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple, were also seen in type before the event, and those events also serve as a type for the future persecution of the Church.
These types extend into the New Testament, as well. One of those is the sublime John xv:18-25, from the Gospel reading for the Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude. In it, our Blessed Lord excoriates the Jews (in particular, the Pharisees) for their unfaithfulness and willful blindness in their rejection of Him. But this is also a type for our own day, when so many religious leaders in the Church refuse to accept Christ as truly Son of God, as the Source of irreformable Truth, and as the only Messiah the world will ever see, or need. Instead, they cast around for worldly messiahs, for earthly utopias.
A truly stinging rebuke. Our Lord obviously knew this would be a problem to afflict the human element in the Church throughout her existence:
18 If the world hate you, know ye that it hath hated Me first. [The world, under the spirit of its master, has always, and will always, until the last day, hate Jesus Christ]
19 If you had been of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember my word that I said to you: *The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, **they will also persecute you: if they have kept my word, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake: because they know not Him that sent me. [Inside the Church and out, many are deaf to Christ’s words. They love the world more than Him.]
22 If I had not come, and spoken to them, they would not have sin: but now they have no excuse for their sin. [And this applies even more so to prelates in our own time. How many miracles do these men have to turn a blind eye to – and we know they do, men like Kasper have written volumes on how much they reject ALL the miracles in the history of the Church – to sustain their unbelief? And not just biblical ones: Lourdes, Fatima, Akita, Saint Margaret Mary Alocoque, Saint Catherine Laboure, St. Dominic……they have to exclude SO many testimonies to our Lord’s divinity it is mind-blowing. But men have been doing exactly that for 2000 years]
23 He that hateth Me, hateth My Father also. [That’s the crux of it all]
24 If I had not done among them the works that no other man hath done, they would not have sin: but now they have both seen, and hated both Me and my Father.
25 But that the word may be fulfilled which is written in their law: *They have hated Me without cause.”
“They have hated me without cause.” Mark that with “Woe to them that cause scandal to one of these little ones that believeth in me; it would be better for him that a great millstone were hanged around his neck, and he were cast into the sea” (Mk ix:42).
That is how seriously Our Lord takes scandal, and the propagation of error within His Holy Church. It would be better that these men had never existed, says Our Lord. Thus, they need many prayers. It is very difficult to have charity for those who cause so much destruction, who seem so willfully perverse in their pride to upend God’s Church and send souls flying into hell in great torrents. But it is our solemn duty as Catholics. I am trying very hard to have more charity for these men.
“Vengeance is mine, says the Lord” (Dt xxxii:35) and His judgment is perfect. That is a terrifying thought to contemplate.