Sunday, February 10, 2008

It's not just what would Jesus do but how would he do it

Right-wing Catholics, empowered by clergy of their ilk, often appear to argue that Vatican II liturgical reforms should be rolled back to the Good Old Plastic Jesus days.

I've never bought into this and, instead, argue that the church of MBA priests and CEO bishops isn't doing enough to spread -- and live -- God's word in these contemporary times.

Today I came across a newspaper column by Billy Graham, hardly a liberal, that speaks to the soul of how Jesus would spread his message if alive today:

"If Jesus were living on the earth today, I have no doubt that His methods would be just as up-to-date as possible.

Newspapers, magazines, television, the Internet, satellites—I think He would use them all to get across His message.

The Bible says we should "make the most of every opportunity" to spread the Gospel (Colossians 4:5). But Jesus' message would not change!

Yes, the world has changed greatly in the last 2,000 years—but the human heart has not changed, and we still need to be forgiven of our sins and be reconciled to God.

In spite of our education and our technological advances, we still need God, and we still need the new life that only Christ can give us. The Gospel is just as relevant today as it was after Jesus' death and resurrection."

Billy Graham's words mirror those of the late Pope John XXIII who pointed out that the church doesn't change but evolves.

There are many available vehicles to spread God's word and the church's teachings. We should cherish all of them.

Footnote: I remember years ago when a young priest read an announcement for an upcoming Latin Mass in Latin on the theory that folks who understand Latin would understand what he said and appreciate the opportunity to participate in the Latin Mass.

1 comment:

Dad29 said...

Anyone who actually reads the tea-leaves (or pays attention to the signs of the times) understands that Benedict XVI, like most serious liturgists, is looking at a 'merger' of the 1962/Paul VI rites.

Put another way, those who believe that the Old Rite is cast in bronze are---ah----deluded.

But, of course, those who think that the PaulVI rite is cast in bronze are---ah---ALSO deluded.