PASTOR’S CORNER March 12, 2013
As I write this the Cardinals are having lunch in Rome and getting ready for the first round of votes for our new Pontiff. I trust that by the time you read this we will know who the new Pope is and that like the Cardinals we will all make an oath of allegiance to him. Certainly the Lord has been purifying, chastising and healing His church so that it will be strong enough to withstand the many challenges that it will face in the coming age. It is time to remember that we belong to Christ and to rejoice in this fact and gift.
We must always remember we are the Church of Jesus Christ and though we follow no “man” we do follow the Lord’s “Chosen One”. As Americans we have a belief that everything should be done democratically but this is not the way Christ set up his Church, He set it up as a “Benevolent Monarchy” with Himself as King and the Pope as the “chief steward”. As King, Jesus has the right to demand total obedience even to the point of death; this is why the Cardinals wear “red”. It symbolizes their willingness to die for the faith. It may be a good idea if everyone wore some red everyday to show our willingness to die for Christ.
We are quickly coming to the end of the Lenten Season. If we are to rise with Christ, we must also die with Christ. It is not too late to be cleansed in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, celebrate the daily Eucharist, pray the Stations of the Cross and the Rosary and use the tools Jesus gave us during His forty days in the desert to resist the devil and personal sin. Scripture reminds us that these tools are: fasting, prayer and alms giving.
The bottom line asks the question. This Easter are you going to celebrate and rejoice with the Risen Christ or hop around with the Easter Bunny and return to the decadent life you lived before Lent began. I see a lot spiritual rust on our parish, it’s time to clean up, straighten up and be Catholic Christians, proud of our heritage and our mission.
See the Bulletin for the many rust cleansing exercises we have.