Jer 23, 1-6; Ps 23, 1-6; Eph 2, 13-18; Mk 6, 30-34
“Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture”
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit Amen!
Unfortunately in the past 40 years, there have been many half-truths that have been taught by the hierarchy either without full knowledge, or people fully knew and consented to teaching half truths.
For example, the 2nd Vatican Council DID call for an increase in the vernacular, but DID NOT call for Masses to be in the full vernacular at all, far from it “Latin is to be retained” quoting from the document on the Sacred Liturgy.
Another example: We need to grant “full” amnesty to illegal immigrants. Without taking into account the 2nd half of the catechism which says that they’re to OBEY the laws of the land.
Finally one more example: The perferential option for the poor, which is clearly taught in the Catechsim, but does the perferential option for the poor mean that you have to rip money from those who worked hard to earn it?
The burden on leaders, pastors, bishops is enormous. Think about it for a min.
a. They are supposed to be servants of the Truth. As Catholics we believe this Truth is a person, Jesus Christ. That is to say the laws of any country should reflect the law that is written on everyone’s hearts (God’s law)….When they divert from this mission to be servants of the Truth, putting their own egos in the way, what happens, they fail as a result. Looking at the United States, this whole financial crisis, what’s REALLY all that different between the 1980’s and now? People still fail to follow Divine Law, people are still courrupted by the consequences of Original sin, government has put their ego and made themselves de facto God. (WAIT, there it is…)
Once the center of attention became about themselves, and not God, look at the results, the country has crashed morally and economically.
b. They’re supposed to guard the Truth with their life, and if necessary die for that belief. In otherwords once again, it’s the job of the Bishops to TEACH the TRUTH in its ENTIRETY. This is not a burden that I pray for, (only that God’s will be done)…St. John Chryossdom said “The road to hell is paved with skulls of Bishops and priests.” No kidding, the Cross to carry for a Bishop and a priest is heavy. For as many people that leave the Holy Faith, the Bishop is responsible for ALL those that are in his flock. Not a burden that I’m praying for.
c. The salvation of souls is the primary mission of the Church. As I mentioned for the souls that do go to hell, the Bishop is responsible. For those that leave the Faith, the Bishop is responsible. For the Protestants that don’t know about the Truth of the Catholic Church, the Bishop is responsible for that as well. This is all proportional to how one is praying the Mass. It must be prayed with reverence and maticulousness to details. Anyone who prays to be Bishop has got to be fooling themselves if this is what they want.
“In Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ”
As the old saying goes, the Protestants were right, yes, you are saved by the blood of the Lamb, however, it’s what you do afterwards that can send you to hell if you don’t repent via the normal method the Sacrament of Confession.
I’m going to quickly remind you of things you should have been taught long time ago: There are two orders to sin. The infinite order, and the temporal order. The infinite order of sin, Jesus dying once on the Cross for the sin of all mankind has been taken care of, we don’t need to worry about that. God has redeemed us for this. The temporal aspect that is to say the as with any good crime, it must be punished, has not. (Hence why we must go to Confession, and the power to forgive sins was done by Jesus). If we’re reading don’t understand this 2 order nature of sin, it’s can be rather easy to get caught up in the protestant trap of “once saved, always saved.” Common sense should tell you this isn’t true, but many people fall for it.
All of you have great burdens placed upon you, whether it’s via the internet and blogging, if you’re in posititon of leadership at work, school as Catholics as servants of the Truth, this truth must always be lived in season and out of season, and if we do not hold our end of the bargin, there’s a dear price to pay.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen!