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The Mystery of Christ in You
Deacon Henry Libersat
King of Kings—Sts. Peter and Paul Parish
A 1969 VISION OF THE CHURCH
In 1969, long before he was Benedict XVI, Father Joseph Ratzinger offered a picture of the future of our Catholic Church. In part he said:
a. The future of the Church, he said, would issue from those “whose roots are deep and live from the pure fullness of their faith.
b. “It will not issue from those who accommodate themselves merely to the passing moment;” nor will it come from those who take the easier road, sidestep
the passion of faith.
c. The future of the Church will not come from those who find oppressive and enslaving the discipline and truth of our Holy Faith.
d. “The future of the Church … will be shaped by saints … whose minds probe deeper than slogans of the day, who see more than others see.”
Going a step further, Father Ratzinger stated: “From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge—a Church that has lost much.
⦁ She will become small and have to start afresh more or less from the beginning.
⦁ As its membership diminishes, the Church will lose special privileges.
⦁ We will lose those magnificent edifices built out of faith for the honor and glory
⦁ The Church of the future will be seen as a voluntary association, entered by free
decision. It will thrive as smaller groups.
⦁ Men with professions will be ordained to the priesthood.
⦁ The Church will be a more spiritual Church. It will be hard-going for the Church.
This will make her pure and she will become the Church of the meek.
The future Pope Benedict XVI said that the Church will survive not because of men and
women, but in spite of them.
Was Father Ratzinger right about today’s Church?
What are we to do about it?
IDEALISM—A CONTEMPORARY SECULAR DANGER
Dr. Jeffrey Mirus is founder of Trinity Communications gives us a warning about “The Dangers of Idealizing Christianity.”
a. He said that it is dangerous to refer to Christ’s teachings as ideal. The danger lies in the definition of “ideal.”
b. While the ideal is the best option, it isn’t the only one. The ideal is more suggestion than absolute.
c. As an example: When encountering a homeless man the ideal would be to offer him a job—but also good and acceptable, though not the “ideal,” would be to give
him $20.00 and direct him to a shelter.
d. A second example: In today’s secular world, the ideal can equate totally different realities. It is considered equally acceptable to marry and have children,
or to live together outside of marriage and have children or not have children.
Christianity is more than an ideal—it is a call to a unique, deep and intimate relationship with God and with one another.
It is a commission to embrace the mission of Jesus Christ as we hear Lord’s commanded: “Go therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19-20).
THE CALL AND CHALLENGE
This is a tall order for us today—given the persecution of the Church here in our own country, and the bloody persecution of Christians by ISIS.
What do we have going for us?
Yesterday at Mass, we heard from Jeremiah: “If you repent so that I restore you, in my presence you shall stand. If you bring forth the precious without the vile, you
shall be my mouthpiece” (15:19).
And more: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will send you another Advocate who will be with you always, the Spirit of
truth….I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you” (Jn 14:15-17a, 18).
Among its many gifts, the Holy Spirit gives us courage, wisdom, knowledge and fortitude.
Here tonight, in the presence of the Holy Eucharist, we celebrate the Lord’s love, his Word and the Eucharist. We celebrate life. We enter deeply into the communion
BUT, WHAT LIMITS US AND THE ENTIRE CHURCH?
St. Cyril of Alexandria who died in the 5th century says that God has made peace the border of the Church.
⦁ The Church reaches outward to the world—but it is the lack of peace in us that narrows the evangelistic outreach of the Church.
⦁ If we are filled with anxiety and fear, what is lacking? Is it not total trust in God, a trust born of liberating faith?
Our Lord himself promises: “And behold, I am with you until the end of the ages” (Mt 28:20b).
Do we really believe his promise?
Does that quiet our soul? If not, why not?
|Romans 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel.
It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes".
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
We have good news for you. God loves you!
King of Kings Charismatic Community
The following is our upcoming schedule:
Isa 40:31 - They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on eagles wings. They will run and not grow
weary, walk and not grow faint.
Titus 3:5 - He saved us not because of any righteous thing we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the
washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
Please read the following important message from Ralph Martin by clicking on the link. We need to pray for our Church.
King of Kings Charismatic Community meets every Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00, in the chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic
Church, 5300 Old Howell Branch Road, Winter Park, Florida 32792
Our meetings begin with praise and worship songs, usually followed by a teaching. After the teaching, prayer teams are available
to pray for individual needs. Please come and join us!
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