Sunday, October 24, 2010

The good fight, and the faith

Sometimes, the Mass readings are familiar and, or easily quotable. The first reading rejoices over the mercy and justice of God. The song leader, to-day at the responsorial psalm, had a very powerful, soulful and clarion voice and tone. Her voice should be enjoyed by many. "The Lord hears the cry of the poor."

The Gospel was the Publican (tax collector) and the Pharisee. The church, then and now, has many pharisees. It is comforting to know what Jesus thinks of their hypocrisy. Jesus smiles on the meek whom are despised.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. -- II Timothy iiii.7. (DRC)
The second reading has a line of valedictory farewell from Paul. His life and mission were nearing an end. He could look back in confidence and satisfaction. Now, can we all say the same? Certainly, many of us would like to. Now, some of us are not finished.

In Cleveland it has not been easy. We have suffered a great deal. On paper, we have had loss after loss. Those of us who are honourable know we have kept our faith.

The Church is full of hypocrites, and pharisees. Some are bishops.

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