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Meeting Christ in the Liturgy

by Fr. Cusick

(CCC refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Epistle: Ephesians 3. 13-21; Gospel: St. Luke 14. 1-11

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

"Which of you, having an ass or an ox that has fallen into a well, will not immediately pull him out on a sabbath day?" 

The Pharisees "were watching" the Lord in order to trap him breaking the laws and so discredit him, and when they saw him cure the man with dropsy on the Sabbath, he knew their hearts and challenged them in this way. The Lord recalls the Pharisees to the authentic understanding of the law which would have easily enabled them to understand Christ's actions on the Sabbath. He shows how God's laws of mercy and aid to those in need has a higher authority than a corrupt interpretation of law which would tolerate injustice toward men while allowing exceptions for animals. These Pharisees and other leaders of the people would not have hesitated to save an animal on which their livelihood depended on the Sabbath, but hypocritically would have shrunk from helping a fellow man in need. 

In our own day we have many organizations fighting to save every endangered species with the exception of the most endangered and the most precious species of all: the child in the womb. Married couples dote over a dog or cat as if it were their "child", often calling it such, while engaging in anti-life practices in order to avoid conceiving a human child created in God's image, or to kill a child already conceived. But there is room in their lives and hearts only for pet animals and not for a child with which God is prepared to bless them. 

Man in great measure today has made his own laws and vociferously enforces obedience to such measures. For these God's holy and immutable laws are non-existent or forgotten. 

...Jesus issued a solemn warning in which he presented God's law, given on Sinai during the first covenant, in light of the grace of the New Covenant: 

Do not think I have come to abolish the law or the prophets: I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law, until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Mt 5: 17-19) (CCC 577) 

We are called in Christ to fulfill the law, and to keep the commandments which call us to reverence human life above all other life, to worship and obey God alone, in particular through the Sunday liturgy. We must remain steadfast and resolute in a lawless age in order that we may be called "great in the kingdom of heaven." 
I look forward to meeting you here again next week as, together, we "meet Christ in the liturgy", 

- Father Cusick 

(See also CCC 575, 582, 588) 

Used with the permission of Fr. Cusick from his website