Fifth Sunday of Easter
The Importance of the Sacrifice of the Mass
Some wonderful readings. In the 1st we hear that the door of faith is open to all and how God was with the Christian community at Antioch. Those who believe in Jesus will enter God’s kingdom. In the 2nd reading we get glimpses as to what this means: no more tears, sadness or death for the world of the past will have gone. This message of the renewal of creation by God opposes that of climate-change activists who put all their effort into saving the planet and not their own souls.
And of course, the Gospel is the jewel. Jesus asks us to love one another as he has loved us! A big ask but possible with the Lord’s grace.
The kernel of Jesus’ command is that we love our enemies for this is where love normally becomes impossible. Even for them, we lay down our life. If we want the ultimate measure of the Lord’s love, we look at the Cross. God’s love gives all and to the end.
With the Cross in mind I want to reflect on the immediate future for the Church. For a long time Our Lady has warned the Church about its infidelity to her Son, resulting in the spreading of errors and compromises with the ‘world.’ For the last six years under Pope Francis the amount of confusion over doctrine and compromised practices relating to the Eucharist has led to many attempts to ask the Holy Father to clarify his teaching. Many are wondering if this is the fulfillment of Mary’s prophesy when she warned that “Rome will lose the Faith and become the seat of the Antichrist” (La Salette, Fatima).
Not only has Pope Francis resisted clarifying doctrine, the Holy Father is currently setting up a new agency in the Church to put Evangelization before Doctrine. However, as Cardinal Müller points out, without doctrine and moral teaching, “there is no evangelization.” Alternately, what sort of community are we being evangelized into?
Can we find the answer in the warning of Metropolitan Nikolai of Plovdiv of Bulgaria? He characterised Pope Francis as the one whose goal “is to unite all the religions around the [him], so that when the Antichrist comes, for the pope to welcome him, and through him, all who are coming along with him.”
Francis tells Catholics that it is not necessary for one to believe in God in order to be a good person; not to convert those of other faiths but to live in brotherhood with those of other faiths; and that God wills the diversity of religions. Instead of preaching salvation in the name of Jesus Christ Pope Francis is pushing for steps toward a global authority that supersedes the rights of individual countries. He recently said, “When a supranational common good is clearly identified, it is necessary to have a special authority legally … constituted capable of facilitating its implementation. We think of the great contemporary challenges of climate change, new forms of slavery and peace.” His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, warned expressly against this “in order not to produce a dangerous universal power of a tyrannical nature” (Caritas in Veritate, 57).
Recently he kissed the feat of African warlords. But he refuses to genuflect before the Lord. Or should we speak of how the Chinese Catholic Church was sold out to communism?
If you don’t know, Pope Francis has been accused of heresy. Most believe this accusation is without proper grounds, but briefly the points are: 1. Sometimes we have essentially no choice but to sin. 2. we can knowingly and willingly go against God’s law, without that being a serious sin 3. sometimes following God’s law actually amounts to committing a sin so our individual conscience must be our guide 4. in certain situations, sexual acts that meet the criteria for adultery are actually what God wants us to do 5. some sexual acts not between man and wife are still morally right 6. there are no moral acts that are intrinsically evil in every situation 7. God positively wants there to be multiple religions, beside Christianity.
If some of these points seem familiar, they are! There have been so many attempts to ask Pope Francis for clarification that it’s difficult to remember them all. I have even published my personal misgivings. And certainly, the dubia Cardinals had the right to question Pope Francis as is tradition.
So, what is ahead? Pope Francis will likely ignore the claims of heresy like he did the dubia Cardinals, the Filial Correction and all others. Cardinal Müller warns us that “We will soon not recognize anymore the Church, when the adaptation to the decline of morality is being presented as a synodal process. Only she will not be different, she will cease to exist, at least in those regions, where false prophets are setting the tone.” So, it’s because of the disruptive reform and lack of clarity within the Church that Pope Francis is responsible for, that many Catholics see him as the biblical false prophet in the bible. If so, persecution is next. It is said that the reason for God’s intervention or warning will be to prevent the complete destruction of the Church.
In between now and God’s warning we are being told of an evil Synod, the increase of wars and fratricidal struggles, which lead to the prevalence of violence and hatred and a general slackening off of charity, while natural catastrophes, such as epidemics, famines, floods and earthquakes, become more and more frequent. There is even the prophesy of the rise of communism. That is why the conversion of Russia was so central to the Fatima message.
What can we do? We have Our Lady and the Mass. Don Bosco was one of many Saints who foresaw the tribulations ahead. Ultimately it is the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist that is preventing satan from completely overrunning the Church. We need to think about this. Pope Francis made a huge thing out of Martin Luther on his 500th anniversary. If the Mass became protestant, the perpetual Sacrifice of the Mass would be abolished. Then the end would come. We need to pray that the Amazon Synod does not consider protestant solutions to the ongoing crises in our Church. Scarily the German pro-homosexual Bishop Overbeck claims that the Amazonas synod will be a turning point for the whole church. God forbid.
Now let us prepare ourselves to enter into and perpetuate the Sacrifice where Jesus laid down his life for us by giving up his Body and pouring out his Blood.