Archbishop Thompson writes a weekly column for our Archdiocesan newspaper, “The Criterion”. He is currently writing a series of articles on Bishop Robert Barron’s book, “Letter to a Suffering Church.” Over a million copies of the book are now in circulation. The book is available to Christ the King parishioners in the main lobby of the church.
At the very beginning of last week’s column, Archbishop Thompson quoted Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. I have been reflecting on the words of Pope Benedict throughout the week. This is what he wrote: “The real problem at this moment of our history is that God is disappearing from the human horizon, and, with the dimming of the light that comes from God, humanity is losing its bearings, with increasingly evident destructive effects .”
I think the Pope offers us an insightful analysis of the times in which we live. In our lifetime God has been removed from the front burner of people’s lives to the back burner and now, if many of our cultural and societal elites are successful, God will be removed from the stove completely. The effects, as Pope Benedict says, are destructive.
The promise that was made in the 1960’s, with the beginning of the so-called ‘sexual revolution,’ was that if all the shackles of restraint imposed by God, religion and tradition were removed, humankind would experience nirvana. Fast forward to 2019 in which God has been removed from the public square, religion is relegated to the sacristy and tradition is challenged, we should be giddy with happiness. Are we? I think Pope Benedict’s words are prophetic and underline the importance of the Church at this moment of history in which forces both within and outside the Church seek to weaken its voice. The Church’s voice is needed because the Church speaks of God in season and out of season.
The Church needs us – all of us. In this year in which we prepare to embellish the physical building that is our parish church, we have a wonderful opportunity to grow to be more faithfully the Body of Christ that we are called to be as members of Christ the King Parish. As we begin a year of renewal, let the first step be faithful and regular participation in Sunday Mass. If we have been lax in joining the community for Sunday Mass, let this be the time to return to regular and faithful participation. If we have been away from the community, let this be the time to come home.
I sometimes see t-shirts bearing the words, “No excuses.” Let’s remember those words .
See you at Mass – no excuses!