Wednesday, January 23, 2019
SECOND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Do you get angry when you witness evil in our age? I certainly do. Righteous anger is actually part of an “Authentic Faith.” Today’s Gospel gives just one example of righteous anger in action on the part of our Lord, Jesus.
Here today in the U.S.A., we are in the midst of a spiritual war for the soul of of the nation. The Pharisees of our day are liberal Catholics, especially politicians who co-opt language of faith to advance their own political agendas. Whether we are talking about the current popularity of the “anti-Christ” Socialist agenda or the list and pride-driven attack on the unborn, the ware is raging. If you’re not fuming with righteous indignation over these Catholics in name only (CINO, actively acting and teaching contrary to Christian values, you are in need of a wake up call!
As the Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. observed: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Are the events and political controversies of our time challenging you to action? If not, why not?
Hear well the words of today’s Gospel. Today’s reading illustrates that Jesus was not the milk-toast, emotionless person that many portray him as. Yes, his anger was justifiable! He knew the heart and agenda of the Pharisees. Are you speaking out against the agenda of modern Pharisees?
In New York, CINO Governor Coumo is scheduled to sign into law, legislation that radically changes abortion laws in that state. Not only does this new law allow for abortions up to the point of natural birth, it also removes the right to life for children who survive abortion. Beyond that, this legislation actually describes abortion in terms that equate these atrocities as a human right. I don’t know about you, but, today, I am righteously angry.
California CINO Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein actively campaign to advance political agendas contrary to what teachings of their Church. If you are a Catholic in the state of California or New York, I challenge you to rise up and proclaim your anger to your respective representatives.
This anger of mine is not some emotionally driven reaction, but simply motivated by the Love I have for God, My neighbors, and those who claim the name of Christ. My writings are not to the world at large, but to Those seeking to understand what it means to have an authentic Catholic faith. As I wrote in my eBook (Authentic Faith, Radical Transformation and Contemplative Prayer
), this requires a “Radical Transformation.” Christians must indeed become something radically different from our cultural norms. Authentic Christianity, must always be seeking transformation — to become more Christ like, which at times requires some Holy Spirit inspired anger.
However, there WILL be a cost to your opposition to today’s politically correct agendas. Like the Pharisees reaction to Jesus, the world will not be happy. They hated Jesus. Should you expect different results?
Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched Jesus closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him. He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.” Then he said to the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.