By The Hermits, Dec 1 2016 4:19PM
We have just celebrated the feast of St. Andrew, called by the Orthodox Church “The First Called”. What is delightful about St. Andrew is his spontaneity and enthusiasm, which is in stark contrast to his fellow Apostle Nathaniel, who is rather like a Yorkshireman, not easily taken in. I think in the States a Texan would be the equivalent of a Yorkshireman. So if Peter rushes in where angels fear to tread, and blurts out whatever comes into his head, then Andrew rushes so to speak towards “The Lamb of God” who his master John the Baptist has pointed out to him and to the other disciple who is with Andrew. So as Andrew and his companion, who is most probably John follow Jesus, he turns round and says “What do you seek?” and they answer “Where are you staying?” to which Christ replies “Come and See” and so the two disciples of John spend the rest of the day with Jesus. At the end of their time with him, on that momentous day, Andrew is convinced that Jesus is the long awaited Messiah. So either very late on the day when Andrew met Jesus, or the next day, he rushes off to tell Peter that he has found the Messiah, who is Jesus of Nazareth.
Definitely on the day after the meeting with Andrew and the other disciple, Jesus meets Philip and says to him “Follow Me” and so Philip goes off to tell Nathanael that they have found the Messiah, who is Jesus of Nazareth, to which Nathanael laconically replies “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” to which Philip says “Come and see.”
Now what is important is that neither Andrew or Philip tell Peter and Nathaniel why Jesus is the Messiah, it is enough to see him, and then the revelation takes place.
The problem with the Church today is that all vision is blinded by endless discussions, documents, seminars, workshops and goodness knows what else. Quite what St. Francis Xavier whose feast is on Saturday would make of this I do not know. All he wanted to do was to save as many souls as possible, and despite the fact that he was deprived of all the up to date 20th and 21st missiology techniques, his work prospered in Southern India, and would have conquered Japan but for the wretched Portuguese merchants who managed to destroy everything, and the curse of avarice is still among Christians today.
The Tridentine Church which finished with the opening of Vatican II was very much a worshipping Church, and a devotional one. The present Church is very much a teaching one, and worse still is a classroom or University lecture Hall. The Apostles, for the most part simple men, had begun a tremendous adventure, where Christ was shown to them as the Lamb of God, where he told Simon that he was a rock, and told him and the other Apostles that he would make them fishers of men. Christ the Son of God, who is the God Man, preached in parables, and very simply; but today encyclicals and Apostolic Exhortations get longer and longer. I believe that Laudato Si and Amoris Laetitia have broken all records when it comes to length, and what good do they really do. Global warming is another secularist shibboleth, and chastity seems off limits in Amoris Laetitia, it is all about the needs of the couple who have got married again, when they shouldn’t have done; it is as simple as that. You cannot take the Law of Christ into your own hands. If we had the three hour fast back, everyone would be at the 11 o’clock Mass, not having communion anyway. It seems that the Law of Christ is there to bent, broken, or simply ignored because “I feel that I am right”. You don’t join a tennis club, and say “I want to change the rules of the game”. Why this blindness on the part of so many Cardinals, Bishops, priests, and religious? The blindness is because the shepherds are not really wanting to go and see where Jesus truly is. They don’t really want to be like Andrew, and John, Peter, and Philip, Nathanael and James. They don’t want to abandon themselves to Jesus, and begin the great adventure of following him. Too often they want the status of being theologians (God help us wasn’t theology basically tied up with Thomas. What else do we need) to discuss God, to dissect him, to analyse his laws, and change them, when it is too hard. The last thing that they want to do is trust, follow him, and become saints. Of course his laws on marriage are difficult, but he will give his grace. If you said a job was too difficult at work, and you weren’t going to do it, you would be sacked; you can at least give it your best effort. Also in all this thing about the divorced and remarried receiving communion, does anyone take into account the children, and how they suffer from divorce. No, what people want is Utopia, they do not want Heaven, because the only path to Heaven is the Cross; there is no other way to get there.
It is an absolute scandal that people are being so horrible to the four cardinals who are bravely standing up for Christ. It is very depressing that the Pope is so bad mannered as not to reply to important letters. It is very sad that so many liberal clerics are being so nasty about the Cardinals who are dignified and don’t abuse their adversaries, and it is truly tragic that the Pope has been taken in by the liberal agenda, both within and without the Church. Does he not know that behind the liberal agenda stand the most evil men bent on the destruction of the Church. We know some of the names of these families, such as the Rockefellers, the Rothschilds, and the real hater of Christians, George Soros. Sadly the Pope won’t be told. He is convinced that he must remake the Church according to his plans. If only he would follow Jesus as Andrew and the other disciple did and go and see where the Son of God really dwells. If he did that then he would save us all a lot of trouble. As it is rushing headlong into wrecking the Church, but perhaps that is not bad thing, as we can then start all over again with Andrew, Peter, Philip, Nathanael, James and John, and experience that joy of following Christ, not knowing where it will lead you, but that it will lead you to unutterable love and the Kingdom of Heaven
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