1 Corinthians 5:1-8
5 It is absolutely heard, that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as the like is not among the heathens; that one should have his father’s wife.
2 And you are puffed up; and have not rather mourned, that he might be taken away from among you, that hath done this deed.
3 I indeed, absent in body, but present in spirit, have already judged, as though I were present, him that hath so done,
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, you being gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus;
5 To deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
6 Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven corrupteth the whole lump?
7 Purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new paste, as you are unleavened. For Christ our pasch is sacrificed.
8 Therefore let us feast, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
(Rom 13:12-14) The night is passed And the day is at hand. Let us, therefore cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day: not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ: and make not provision for the flesh in its concupiscences.
EXCERPT: Fr. Rutler’s Weekly Column
Moving from May into September, it may be said without understatement that this has not been an uneventful summer. What we may make of events in the Church as they unfold remains to be seen, but for the faithful, the consideration of corruption and dishonesty in its many forms, can only move one to thankfulness that the Lord who cleansed the Temple of thieves is now at work exposing and wiping away what has sullied the holiness of the Church for which our Lord died to give us. Like resetting a broken limb, the process is not gentle but the result will be of inestimable good. As no on is born without an assignment vouchsafed to God alone, it is a special honor to be chosen by our Creator to live in days of salvation history which by their critical nature require that those alive now be nothing less than what Saint Paul described: “… servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Here, furthermore, it is sought in stewards that one be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:1-2).
FR. ALTIER’S SUNDAY SERMONS: Sunday Sermon for September 9, 2018
There is an ancient Chinese curse that has often been repeated: May you live to see interesting times. Well, it appears this curse has befallen us. However, as Christian people, we know that all things work together for good for those who believe and we also know that God brings good out of evil.
The present situation in the Church is horrible and distressing to many people, as one would expect. However, we need to look beyond the filth, the lies, the cover-ups, the malice, and so on and keep our focus on the Lord. As things unravel we are going to find ourselves in the most blessed circumstances any Christian person has ever been in. At the same time, we are going to be sorely tempted against faith, hope, and charity. This is going to produce some of the greatest Saints the world has ever seen.
What am I talking about? I am talking about the crucifixion of the Church. The Church is the Mystical Person of Jesus Christ and, therefore, like the historical Person of Jesus Christ, She must be crucified and then rise from the dead. We have an opportunity not only to be at Calvary near the Cross like our Blessed Lady, St. John and St. Mary Magdalene; we have the opportunity to be on the Cross with Jesus.
This might strike terror into the hearts of some, but the Prophet Isaiah tells us in the first reading today to say to those whose hearts are frightened: “Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, He comes with vindication.” We are soon to witness events no one ever would have dreamed of, some terrible and some glorious. The enemies of the Church, who have infiltrated into the priesthood in order to destroy the Church from within, are going to take down everyone and everything they can. But remember our Lord’s words to St. Paul: “Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more.” Our Lord has given this time over to His Mother, so we simply need to stay close to Her. In order to assist Her, we need to pray and fast because the kind of thing we are dealing with can only be removed in that manner. We also need to help and support one another. We are already seeing throngs of people walking away from the Church. One can understand their plight: they have not been taught the Faith and now they scandalized. The temptations the world provides will undermine the little bit of faith they had. There are many whom the devil sees as ripe for picking.
This will put us in the blessed position St. James teaches us about in the second reading. He tells us to show no partiality as we adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. Today there are people from every social status and walk of life who populate the Church. Sadly, we often show partiality and discrimination, at least in our minds, when we deal with these people. The days are coming when those who remain faithful will be in the trenches together. Social status, profession, wealth, background, and any other factor we might consider today will not matter to anyone. We will all be in it together and we will all need to help and support one another in the faith.
When all is said and done, the Church is going to be filled with the very virtues that were being purified during the troubled times: faith, hope, and charity. Indeed, God is going to change everything. Can you imagine going to Mass with people who are truly in love with the Lord? No longer will there be going through the motions or coming to Mass only because we have to. No, we will be at Mass because we want to be with the Lord.
At that point, having been crucified with Christ, we will have deep insight into the mystery of the Mass. Our Lord’s sacrifice continues at every Mass: His crucifixion, death, resurrection, and glorification. At present many of us are like the people who stood at a distance from the Cross and beat their breasts. Then we will be united with our Lord on His Cross.
We have to prepare ourselves with prayer and never trust in our own strength or ability. When our Lord speaks the word we hear in today’s Gospel, Ephphatha, a Greek word meaning “be opened,” He will open our hearts to receive a torrent of grace that will allow us to know, love, and serve Him in a way we have never experienced. This is reason for hope and no reason to run away. The crucifixion is not an end in itself, it leads to the resurrection and the glory. Remain faithful, be strong, fear not!
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 25- “On the destroyer of the passions, most sublime humility”
18. It is one thing to exalt oneself, another not to exalt oneself, and another to humble oneself. One person may be judging others all the day long; another does not judge others, but he does not condemn himself; a third, although he is innocent, is always passing judgment on himself.
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