Earlier this week, the Magnificat had a spectacular meditation on Judas who at moments, contradicted Christ. One of those moments was when Mary washed Christ's feet with precious oils and Judas became angry and chided Christ about not caring for the poor.
It asked the question "Why do they (these moments) provoke such a negative reaction in Judas?"
"In each of these situations Jesus appears weak and vulnerable, in search of communion. He no longer looks like the strong, powerful Messiah who is going to liberate the Jewish people. Jesus who loves and calls others to a communion of love.....Perhaps Peter has the same temptation but more fundamentally he trusts Jesus. He is not completely blocked by Jesus call to love and communion even if he does not fully understand."<
The meditation mentioned Judas may have been jealous or had psychological and spiritual blockages to commuion and love. It ended with this compelling thought: "This jealousy and revolt against a gentle, loving Jesus pave the way for the devil to enter his heart. Satan then can take over and inspire Judas to betray Jesus and hand him over."
Let us proceed with caution - speaking the truth, but like Peter, trusting in Christ.
The damage done to this sacred ritual and to communion, is catastrophic. It seems the Pope has taken his new name but is struggling with how to bring people into communion. What he did yesterday to the Sacred Ritual that commemorates the ordination of the Apostles, the Institution of the Eucharist and Roman Catholic Church--is a disaster. It's a disaster not only to the Sacred Ritual, it is a disaster to the witness of fidelity and consequently, to communion.
Jack O'Malley must be having a cow!
It's very important to express that come what may, even if he starts wearing a rubber ball on the end of his nose and his mother's tights and high heels, I'm staying on the Ark.
I wil ride out any and every storm. Pay any price.
But in loyalty to Christ, I can't and won't put the spin on a Pope's public display of disobedience. The damage done by the Pope is being compounded by well-intentioned converts who are making up their own theology to paper over the Pope's disobedience. Blogosphere and facebook has turned into a quite a brawl.
When I was a teenager, there was a woman who would throw parties for teens and supply them with liquor. She would talk up charity and love and call the teens hon and honey. She would subtley ridicule parents with curfews and discipline and expectations that their children uphold civil, moral or religious laws. All the teenagers were drawn to this cool cat. Oh how they loved her.
But her love shack incited these children to have contempt for their parents, for the the kind of love that sacrifices and honors parents and God.
I am sorry to say it, but the witness of Pope Francis is beginning to remind me of this Jezebel. It has been several weeks now and..nevermind a Pope, I have yet to see a Bishop.
Excellent commentary by Ed Peters.
And, I couldn't agree more with some of the comments on Rorate.
I have been trying hard to give the Holy Father every benefit of the doubt, to exercise charity in my expectations and interpretation of his exercise of his office. I wanted to wait until he had actually *done* something wrong or ill-advised before criticizing him.Yes. And as Ed Peters points out, the Pope is inciting contempt for those who, out of love for Christ, uphold and remain faithful to Church teachings and law. Just like the woman in my neighborhood. I've mentioned this before but I'll say it again - Running a little blog with a couple of thousand readers, you wouldn't believe the inteference from the devil. I cannot imagine what this Pope is up against. I'm praying he can put on his big boy pants, uphold a faithful witness to Church teachings and law. And I'm praying for the rest of us. Satan is nearby and threatening to sift us like wheat. A Blessed Triduum, love and the peace of Christ to you and yours.
Well, I am very scandalized by this affair....
But instead of changing the law, he has chosen to break the law, as publicly as possible. The law remains as it was, but the lawmaker thinks he can decide for himself whether or not to abide by it.
If the Pope will not obey the law of the Church – why should anybody else?...
The young people were aged between 16 and 21 and chosen from different nationalities and religious backgrounds - including two muslims, according to a Vatican spokesman."
It just gets worse...
How can I speak about such things - the self-offering of Christ, the 12 viri selecti - when our Holy Father is witnessing to something different?
I feel like going up to the congregation and saying, "I don't have any idea what the symbolism of the washing of the feet is. Why don't we just all do what we want."
How hard this is for young priests...