Gospel Reflection Mark 3:7-12: January 24 2019
Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Multitudes were following Jesus. The news of this “Miracle Worker” has spread well beyond the boundaries if Israel. The interesting thing is that they were not so much interested in hearing what he had to say, but to see a show, get free food and other such stuff. Why are you going to Church? Are you going to Church for the entertainment value? IMHO, this is the draw of most mega-churches, where a weekly concert seems to be the main event. Feel-good, extra loud music seems to be on par with with much of their feel-good, self-help, wealth and wellness messages.
Is your church more concerned with drawing in youth with the beat of popular music, than preaching the Good News, Gospel message? No, Catholic Churches don’t generally go in for popularism. This is more of a Protestant and Non-Denominational Christian thing. However, some Catholic Churches do fall into the trap of seeking to be relevant to youth and young adults with what can become an over-emphasis on secular-style music and even modern, politically correct dogma.
As we see in today’s reading, Jesus was rightly cautious around these mega-crowds — having his fishermen disciples prepare an escape route for him. In our age, popularism is crushing the soul out of many churches. The truth of the Historic deposit of faith is being flat out rejected, and no, this is not just a Protestant thing. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI observed a few years back that the ship of faith was in danger of capsizing. The politically correct dogma, especially regarding sexual morality that is infecting both mainstream protestantism and catholicism is transforming the church of God into something that would be unrecognizable to the Fathers of the Church.
My encouragement for you my brothers and sisters is to abandon ship, so to speak. If your church is mired in homo-heresy, supporting abortion, or other new-age machinations, you are on a boat to hell.
Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples. A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea. Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him. He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him. And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, “You are the Son of God.” He warned them sternly not to make him known.