28 February 2016

Thine Altars, O Lord of Hosts

Sub Tuum.

The Communion Verse for today's mass, the Third Sunday in Lent, says, "Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God." How true this is, that the Most Holy Sacrifice that takes place upon the altar of God is the source of the eternal offspring of God. It is by uniting ourselves to the Sacrifice that takes place on the altar, the one Sacrifice for all time, which we both remember and experience as a true and living Sacrifice, that we become children of God. It is through the saving grace of the Sacrament that we have hope of eternal life, that we may dwell in the house of the Lord and praise Him for ever and ever. We are truly blessed indeed to be made sharers in this great and marvelous Mystery, for there is not even one thing on earth that has as much power as the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. 

Those of us who have been made sharers in the Light of Christ must, therefore, within the ever-present bounds of human weakness, seek to live as children of the Light. In the Epistle for today's mass, Saint Paul writes of just that very thing. Yet, today we see ever-increasing secularism, as people turn from God and turn towards alternative idols. 

We, the Christian faithful, would be much stronger and would be much better able as a group to walk as children of the Light of Christ if we were not so fractured. Many so-called "calls for unity" are nothing more than arrogant attempts by one organization to absorb another for often less than pious reasons. We see in Scripture that there are many peoples, yet it is through Christ and through Christ alone that all become one. We in the Apostolic ministry continue the authority given by Christ Himself, first to Blessed Peter as first among the Apostles, and then to all the Apostles. 

As our Lord says in today's Gospel, a house divided against itself cannot stand. Why, then, do we allow vanity and arrogance to separate the Christian brethren? Why do we permit disputes to break up the family of Christ? Would we not be better off finding what common ground we may find and working to cooperate, while not compromising our principles? The building of artificial walls between us is as ridiculous as one of the twelve Apostles refusing to work with another. What foolish pride that would be! If we Christians are fractured, it is the work of the antichrist, but we Christians have only ourselves for allowing it to perpetuate.