March 17, 2019
Second Sunday in Lent
GN 15:5-12, 17-18 PS 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14 PHIL 3:17—4:1 LK 9:28B-36
The news these days for Catholics is a painful thing to read and watch. Every day seems to being a new revelation in the worldwide sex scandals. Bishops are implicated, priests under scrutiny, and a Cardinal being convicted can make us ask “To whom can we turn for guidance, Lord?” Where are the faithful shepherds left to guide us here on Earth, and how can we know them?
Paul could have been writing about the snakes in our Church’s hierarchy when he wrote:
For many, as I have often told you
and now tell you even in tears,
conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ.
Their end is destruction.
Their God is their stomach;
their glory is in their “shame.”
“But,” he tells us, “our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a savior, Jesus Christ.”
It is easy to despair at the seemingly unending torrent of bad news from the media, which means that perhaps we should turn it off, and put our eyes back on the prize. Our faith and hope is in Jesus Christ and our home is not here.
Jesus promised us that the Gates of Hell would not prevail against the Church, no matter how great the inroads the devil seems to be making into it these days.
When I was a little girl, and slept over at my Nana’s house, I remember the night I had the most horrific nightmare of being chased by Satan himself. I woke up gasping and crying. She curled herself next to me, stroking my hair, and whispered to me, “No matter how scary things seem sometimes, God promised us that it would all turn out right in the end. Remind yourself of that when Satan’s after you – it will all be okay, and if it isn’t, then it’s not the end.”
No matter how far individuals or even groups within the Church may seem to wander, we can hold tight to the truth that Christ can bring all things in subjection to himself, truth doesn’t change and anyone who says differently is trying to sell you something you probably don’t need, and that it will all be okay in the end.
He will take our lowly selves and glorify us if only we will hide ourselves in Him.