Archive for April, 2005
The Holy Father’s Innauguration Homily was absolutely poetic at times. It was like reading the great fathers on scritpure. I am definitely saving it for spiritual mediation. His discourse on the Palium and the ring were beautiful… and the fact that the vast inner deserts are creating the exterior ones was magnificient.
I have received emails from at least 23 different lotteries this week. I can’t wait to the desposit all that money in my checking account via my rounting number like they promised.
Don’t worry… I will give 10percent to the church. 🙂
Well the season finale was quite interesting. I am seriously hoping that the show is picked up next year. I have really enjoyed it over the last two years and I think this year is better than last. I even chose Joan over Star Trek Enterprise and now it seems like both might be ending. Very disappointing but there is still hope for Joan.
I have to say I do like the priest better now than when he first arrived on the scene last year. He has gotten more priestly. The church was a bit of a disappointment but I bet there isn’t a ton of budget to do one really well.
I wonder if it is goofy to pray a show comes back on. I think it offers a great opportunity to discuss with youth. I will pray and we shall see.
If you haven’t had the chance to watch it the 1st Season comes out on DVD on May 10th. What do you know… a couple of days before my birthday. I think I might get it for myself.
His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI on the Traditional Latin Mass, from his memoirs:
‘But I was dismayed by the prohibition of the old missal, since nothing of the sort had ever happened in the entire history of the liturgy.”
“I am of the opinion that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It is impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that.”
Praise God! Benedict the XVI. It is sad that so much copy will have to be destroyed by the liberal media about why Ratzinger was shot down.
Please pray for Pope Benedict the XVI. I will offer mass for him tonight. I have a feeling he will endure quite the cross from the media as well as the from many other sources.
Now I need to draft my letter requesting the private Papal Mass in the morning when I am there in Rome.
Some wacky enviromentalist will complain that the Vatican isn’t following the Kyoto protocals with the smoke from the Sistine chapel. They will accuse the church of destroying the ozone layer.
Homily – Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year A)
Today we hear in all three readings about the good shepherd and what he does for his flock. This is a constant teaching of God throughout Salvation history. From the Old Testament (as we hear in the Psalm today), to the time that Christ walked the earth (as we hear in the Gospel today), and to the present day (as we hear in the 1st and 2nd readings today) we are given shepherds to lead and guide us.
We hear clearly in the Gospel today that we have serious need of a shepherd. Christ coming to Shepherd us is for our own good. In the Gospels when he saw the people he saw that they were like sheep without a shepherd. He had pity on them and began to teach them. Christ recognizes that we need to be led and that we are like sheep without a shepherd. From the very beginning of creation humans have made bad choices and abused their God given freedom. Through their choices they brought death, pain and suffering into the world and still do today. We do not have the ability to tell good from bad with the clarity of God. Yet many have and still today try to set themselves up as the decision makers of what is good and bad. It is in that spirit of rebellion that death enters the world. We see clearly in the Gospel today that Christ came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. We can only have that if we have Christ as our shepherd.
Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies concerning the good shepherd. He is the Shepherd that lays down his life for his flock. By doing so he gains certain rights over us. He has them naturally as God but he also paid the price we couldn’t pay for our sins. In short we owe him everything. Not some things, not most things, everything. The flock belongs to Christ and to Christ alone.
Jesus Christ did not pay the price for his flock only to leave them once again without a shepherd. In fact one of the very last things he did before he ascended into Heaven was to give the care of his flock over to Peter. Three times he asked Peter if he loved him. Three times Peter replied Yes Lord, I love you. And three time Christ commanded him to feed his sheep. The care of Christ’s flock on earth belongs to his Vicar, to the pope. Many would like to deny this but to try is to deny Christ and the scriptures themselves. Christ promised to build his church on Peter. That means any church not built on Peter is not Christ’s church but one of man made origin. Christ says in the Gospel today “I am the gate for the sheep.” He is the gatekeeper and he opens the gate for the Shepherd. And it is to Peter that he gave the keys to this gate; the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
We see clearly in the book of Acts that the other Apostles deferred to Peter. We know from 2000 years of History that the Pope has been the Universal Shepherd and leader of the Church. From Peter to John Paul II there have been 264 popes in an unending line of succession to the office that Christ established. Very soon we will have the 265th Chief Sheperd.
The authority of the Pope is a gift from God. It is Christ response to looking upon our pitiful condition. He saw that we were sheep without a shepherd. And he begins to teach them. Today he still teaches through his shepherd. He still provides shepherds after his own heart. If we rebel against the teaching authority of the Pope then we rebel against Christ himself because it was Christ who established Peter and his successors as the Shepherds of his flock. We hear clearly in the gospel today that he did so that we might have life and have it to the full. If anyone tries to enter another way than what Christ established they are a thief and robber. They try to steal what does not belong to them in most cases it is a quest for power.
To be a good Christian we must be submissive to the teachings of Jesus Christ. We can not rebel against them. We cannot reject them and still be a good Christian. We cannot disagree with them for to do so is to disagree with God and we do not have the right to do that. We must follow the teaching of Christ and that means following the one that Christ established as our shepherd. It is only by following the Shepherd that we can enter through the gate which is Christ. We cannot reject the teaching of the pope on faith and morals without rejecting Christ himself. Thou art Peter (Cephas in aramaic) and upon this Rock (Cephas) I will build my church. Christ Church was built on Peter and Peter and his successors are it’s shepherds. If we refuse to follow his voice then we are not his sheep.
The gift of a shepherd is a gift meant to bring life. If we accept the gift as Christ gave it and follow after the Shepherds he appoints for us then we can expect to arrive at the pasture he intends for us. If we follow after a different voice, even if that voice is our own opinion, we will end up at a different destination and we will not have life to the full but death, misery and pain.
Please pray for the Cardinals of our Church. They begin the conclave on Monday in which they will identify our next Chief Shepherd. Through intense prayer they will provide us with the Shepherd who teaches in the name of Christ and feeds Christ’s flock. Pray that they will be open and obedient to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and that God will provide us with the voice we need to guide us and lead the Church. In a very short time we will have a new Pope; Christ’s vicar on earth. We thank God for the gift of the Shepherd and we pray that he may lead us well.
Is rolling out of the chapel right now. We need to still pray. What does seem significant is that the first day for the past two conclaves did not have a vote if I remember it correctly. They CArdinals are getting right down to business. Hopefully we will have a new Holy Father soon. Please pray.
My webserver was down for a bit. I ended up calling their technical contact for the domain name. He wa a bit surprised to receive a call and asked how I reached him. He was surprised and commented that that wasn’t the normal way you would do it. I said I know but the webserver was down so what was I supposed to do. Anyway it is up and running.
I hope everyone is praying for the Pope.
I will put up my homily in a few minutes.