During this time of Lent, if you come to realize that: “All the sins of your life seem to be rising up against you. Don’t give up hope! On the contrary, call your holy mother Mary, with the faith and abandonment of a child. She will bring peace to your soul” (The Way, no. 498).
Responsive Psalm (Psalm 86:1-6)
Holy Gospel of Matthew 5:27-32
27Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. 28So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him.
29Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them. 30But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?”
31Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. 32I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.
It was a wonder of Christ’s grace, that he would call a publican to be his disciple and follower. It was a wonder of his grace, that the call was made so effectual. It was a wonder of his grace, that he came to call sinners to repentance, and to assure them of pardon. It was a wonder of his grace, that he so patiently bore the contradiction of sinners against himself and his disciples. It was a wonder of his grace, that he fixed the services of his disciples according to their strength and standing. The Lord trains up his people gradually for the trials allotted them; we should copy his example in dealing with the weak in faith, or the tempted believer.
“To the honesty of the Lord Jesus Himself. In censuring sinners He reproved all alike, not only the poor and despised, but also the nominally pious and respectable. No station was so lofty as to lift the offender above the reach of His censure; no profession so pious or respectable as to cloak from his searching eye the pride, or lust, or covetousness, which might lurk concealed beneath it. By such a prophet the publicans could bear to be censured, who told the Pharisees that they were accursed outcasts, that their phylacteries and broad garments, and greetings in the market-place, were all hypocrisy. If, then, we are desiring that the love of Christ should touch men’s hearts, and change their lives, let us endeavour to be more like our Saviour. More bold and true in what we say; more simple and self-denying in what we do; practicing no more than what we believe and what we intend.”
“If we would worthily follow the Lord Jesus, our Master, we must not only imitate His truthfulness and self-denial, but we must be content, like Matthew, to leave all in order to do it; content, that is to say, with no more of this world’s wealth and honour and pleasant things, than are consistent with a simple and holy-hearted surrender of our wills and ways to the will and direction of our blessed Saviour. If there be any pleasure, any pursuit, any friend, any indulgence, any gain, which is inconsistent with the devotion of our life and work and heart to the service and glory of our Lord, all that must be given up without reservation; we must throw it off and cast it behind us, finally and decisively, as Matthew did, when, rising up from the toll-booth at the call of the Saviour, he deserted his occupation forever.” Rt. Rev. Moorhouse, Penny Pulpit, No. 536
To err is human to really mess up you must be Pope Francis!
I don’t normally pay much attention to what the Bishop of Rome says but he has said something that is utterly ridiculous and Blasphemous!
Bergoglio the Blasphemer…“Pope” Francis: ‘The Church is like Mary and has Flaws’” he must recanto or face the fires of hell!
The direct quote is: “The Church and the Virgin Mary are mothers, both of them; what is said of the Church can be said also of Our Lady and what is said of Our Lady can also be said of the Church”…“Do we love the Church as we love our mothers, also taking into account her defects? All mothers have defects, we all have defects, but when we speak of our mother’s defects we gloss over them, we love her as she is. And the Church also has her defects: but we love her just as a mother. Do we help her to be more beautiful, more authentic, more in harmony with the Lord?” – Antipope Francis
Now seems to me Christ died for us and the Church making the church spotless and without blemish…or at least that is what the Holy Scripture teaches!
Ephesians 5:25-27 (KJV): 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Revelations 19:7-8 (Aramaic Bible in English): 7 We rejoice and celebrate! We give him glory, because the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has prepared herself!” 8 And it was given to her to wear fine linen, pure and bright, for the fine linen is the uprightness of The Holy Ones.”
To say the church is flawed goes not only against infallible doctrine but it is a direct blaspheme of Holy Scripture. The Church is self is not flawed, though we it’s members are we are sinners, redeemed by the bridegroom (Jesus), yet sinners still the same. To say our Blessed Lady is flawed is downright wrong. AVE MARIA, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. (The words of the Archangel Gabriel to our Blessed Mother).
“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” (Miraculous Medal).