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Biorseth, Sunday, November 10, 2019
Today, the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost in the Latin rite calendar, we had another truly wonderful homily at Mass. As is frequently (in fact, usually) the case, lessons taught by Jesus two thousand years ago perfectly apply to what's going on all around us today, right here in this day and age, and in multiple ways.
For one thing, it laid out the proper sense of separation of Church authority from political authority. (Our own unconstitutionally established Separation of Church and State is an improper sense of the division of just authority.)
For another, it established the absolute necessity for authority itself.
First, the related readings; today's Epistle was from Philippians 1:6-11:
And the Gospel was from Matthew 22:15-21:
Now, the Herodians and the Pharisees hated each other, much like the division we see today between the Marxocrats and the Republicrats, or, really, truth be known, between the whole Washington ruling class and the people with their Constitution. The Herodians favored the rule of Caesar, and the Pharisees favored the rule of God, however incorrectly they may have interpreted and believed it.
But for the Herodians and the Pharasees to get together to trip up Jesus was a quite remarkable thing. Kind of like Adam Schiff today linking arms with Devin Nunes, whether to support the President or to take him down. Herodians and Pharisees were enemies; one was of the world and renounced the religious authority of the Jews, and the other was solidly of the Jewish religion, and renounced the world, and Caesar with it (in private if not in public). One recognized the authority of the state, and the other only the authority of God, although Israel was occupied and ruled under Roman authority.
But they got together to trip up Jesus.
Sound familiar? Hint: The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
But Jesus upset the plan with worldly solid evidence that could not be refuted: the image and the inscription on the coin of the realm. Worldly things were Caesars; souls belonged to God.
Respecting and submitting to worldly authority, whether we agree with it or not, is in obedience to the 4th Commandment, for Honor they father and thy mother includes all rightful authority over us, both civil and ecclesial. Our Lord Jesus told Pilate, "you would have no power over me unless it were given you from above". All authority comes from God. In so much as we have anything to say about that, we get the leaders we deserve. And if they have tricked us into voting for them, we should not have allowed ourselves to be tricked.
We still owe allegiance to those over us except for sin. Worldly authority is not absolute.
At Baptism we were marked with the sign of the cross, and an indelible mark was placed on our soul that was more permanent than the image and inscription of Caesar on the denarius. The authority and the power of God is indeed absolute. To render unto God what is God's, includes our body, our soul and our very existence.
But we always have worldly authority to contend with. We have to deal with it; we have no choice. And we have to recognize the line of sin that must not be crossed, even by order of established authority.
There is always another force to be reckoned with besides those representing just and unjust authority, that being, the end of authority, or anarchy. Popular with a lot of youth today, and even educated into them. "Question all authority" has morphed into "Reject all authority" in our lifetime. This is the stuff of revolutions, which can be started by revolutionaries that have no real cause. Rebels without a cause. Actually, tools of someone else. Useful Idiots.
Simply opposing authority because it is authority.
At the other end of this problem, at the authority level, if authority is not applied, it doesn't just disappear. There will always be authority. If those in authority abandon it, someone else will take it up. We wrote about this in Default Authority.
If you ever lose the authority you are under by an abandonment of that authority, you may not like the authority that takes its place. But know this: something will take its place.
Almost always, those who most oppose authority turn out to be those who seek to seize all authority, as we pointed out in the Authority page.
Look at what has come to be in those Parishes who's Pastors failed to exercise their authority over liturgy, and over who participates in the full sacramental life, and in Church authority over doctrinal matters.
Look at what has come to be in Dioceses and Archdioceses who's Bishops failed to exercise their authority over Parishes, and over education, and over open doctrinal dissent publicly expressed.
Look at what has come to be in local, state and federal law and regulation, who's elected representatives failed to exercise their authority to represent their Christian constituencies, as they themselves proclaimed themselves to be Christians. Were they lying? Were they playacting at being Christian?
How many Priests and Bishops, too, were and are merely playacting at being Christians?
In many cases, when good men failed to exercise their authority when needed, bad men assumed that authority unto themselves and took over. In many cases, I believe, bad men got themselves into positions of authority to begin with, and then abused that authority.
President Trump, who never did anything like this before, and who might be the last person anyone would expect to correct so much that needs correcting, is, rather brilliantly, showing us all how it can be done, as he actually does it.
Just jump in there, and git-r-done. He's doing it all on his own.
If only we had a Catholic Bishop like that.
The only thing Truth has going for Him in this world is us.
The restoration of Truth = Reality in the hearts and minds of men is now totally dependent upon you and me; if we don't do it, it won't get done.
Sign the Letter to your Bishop, and make our Church Catholic again.
Get behind President Trump, or someone just like President Trump if such a person exists, and make America Constitutional again.
With fear and trembling, work out your salvation--Phil 2:12
Seek the Truth; Find the Way; Live the Life.
Please God, and Live Forever.
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