September 9, 2018
Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the kingdom and cured every disease among the people.
- Isaiah 35:4-7A
- Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10
- James 2:1-5
- Mark 7:31-37
Disgusted. Angry. Confused. Joyful. The last few weeks have rocked the Catholic Church. They last few weeks have rocked me. I have experienced a variety of feelings as I surf the net for any piece of information I can get my hands on. I was initially angry and disgusted by the revelations from the Pennsylvania report and about ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. All of it left me in a state of confusion.
Where is Jesus Christ in all of this? Where do I go from here?
I speak to others, and we share in our frustrations. I pray, and I am still confused. When things get too overwhelming, my wife puts me in my place by saying, “Stop reading all of that! The Holy Spirit is guiding the Church.” I need to have more faith.
In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus Christ heals a deaf man with a speech impediment. The people brought to him the deaf man and begged him to lay his hand on him. There have been some priests and bishops who have been deaf to Jesus Christ. They have forgotten the Gospel, and there speech has been impeded from speaking the truth.
I want to do something, but what can I do? What can I do to begin the healing?
One sure-fire, concrete, and simple act we all can do is PRAY. We can pray unceasingly because we have faith that God hears the cry of the poor. We can pray like we have never before. We pray for healing. We pray for reparation. We pray for hope. In our prayers, let us lift up all the priests and bishops who have been unfaithful. Beg God to heal and have mercy on them so that they can hear, not with merely their ears, but most of all, with their hearts. Beg God that all priests and bishops can speak the truth, and bring into the light everything that has been in the darkness for so long. Most of all, beg God to heal the brokenhearted – the victims who have been abused and silenced. We can never forget the pain and the suffering they carry and live with every single day.
Jesus Christ took this man by himself away from the crowd. Jesus Christ knew exactly what this man needed – a personal encounter. Let us do everything and anything within our homes to dispel our own darkness to allow the radiant light of the Gospel to shine through our own families. This simply begins by putting down our phones and by intentionally looking at our family members in the eyes to tell them how much we love them. It may not feel like making a difference, but it can. It has to. It will!
More than ever, we must first look at our relationships at home. We must renew, transform, and unite our families – struggles, joys, and all – to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Consecrate our families to the Holy Spirit.
The initial confusion of all the scandal with the Catholic Church eventually dissipates from me, and my heart is full of joy. See…I love Mother Church not because of flawed men, but because Mother Church loves me. Jesus Christ gave Her as a gift to me. I love Her teachings. I love Her sacraments. I love Her! I will not give up on Her. I will fight for Mother Church because at this moment the Body of Christ needs me.
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! We will do everything and anything within our power at keeping the ears of our hearts open to the Holy Spirit. We will be bold in speaking and living out the truth because it will set us free – all of us! I pray the light of my little church will dispel the darkness that is happening within the Catholic Church today. I know hope is there because the Holy Spirit is guiding us. The Holy Spirit has never left us. Come, Holy Spirit, come!
Jesus, King of Mercy, we trust in You.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
- Pray the Rosary for holy bishops and priests.
- Go to Mass, and pray for reparation for the Universal Church.
- Fast one day for the healing of all those abused.
- Get your house right!