Saturday, January 07, 2012


Jan 7th 2012

This evening I attended the Epiphany vigil Mass at a parish I hadn't visited before. It was a beautiful but modest church with a very nice altar and tabernacle. It was a family church and the Priest was like an aging spiritual warrior, watching and fussing over his flock whom he clearly loved dearly and deeply.

Something struck me during his homily. The Priest, talking about Epiphany, the gentile kings adoring Christ, said he saw the Catholic Church as those tiny arms of the Child Jesus, reaching out to Jew and pagan alike from the very beginning, and later as the strong arms of Christ on the Cross. The Holy Bride seeking to encompass all. And in this connection the old Priest suggested that in order to continue Mother Church's mission in the world, we should always seek to make our Faith relevant...

I wanted to jump up and say: But Father, the Truth (our Faith: the person of Jesus Christ) is always relevant, it can't be anything but relevant, in fact it is everything else which needs to be made relevant to the Truth! All that is needed from anyone is to speak and live the Truth and the Truth of our Faith is not a collection of ideas to put into action and conform to the world, but a person, Jesus Christ, to whom we must conform, and to whom we must seek to conform the world. This is the true meaning of the word Conversion, and ultimately, through our Holy Church's mission on earth, we are called to convert this world into a New Jerusalem, the City of God.

As Catholics, we neither need, nor should we seek to make our Faith relevant, for our Faith cannot change, we simply need to live and impart Truth who in fact IS the person of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Nothing else is needed, no more relevance is needed nor can in fact be achieved other than the living Truth itself, the person of Christ, the Truth that each of us also must live and in living that Truth there is realized all and absolute relevance.

To say that we should seek to make a thing relevant, implies change, malleability in the thing, and we simply cannot apply that to our Faith, because our Faith is Christ, who in turn is God and God is unchanging, pure Truth and simplicity. God desires that through his Son we all become relevant to Him, so that we can be saved, and we achieve this relevance through repentance and then Communion with Him. It is we who must change, who must seek to become relevant to God so we can be saved. Maybe this is what the old Warrior Priest meant after all.

The Warrior Priest, the aging Sentinel in the lonely outpost, gently holding his flock in both the tiny arms and the strong arms of Christ.

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