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LENTEN MEDITATIONS - March 19

March 19, 2019

Read: Jeremiah 2:1-13

 

From The God Who Comes by Carlo Carretto

 

Here is the mystery of the Church of Christ, a true, impenetrable mystery….

            She carries a message of pure transparency, yet she is incarnate in a mess of dirt, which is the dirt of the world.

            She speaks of the sweetness of the Master, of his nonviolence, yet in history she has sent armies to disembowel infidels and to torture heretics.

            She carries a message of evangelical poverty, yet she often seeks gifts and alliances with the powerful.

            We have only to read the Inquisition trial of St. Joan of Arc to convince ourselves that Stalin was not the first to falsify charges and corrupt the judges.

            We have only to consider what the innocent Galileo was made to sign under threats to be convinced that the…personnel of the Church, although they make up the Church, are often evil and fallible personnel, capable of making errors as great as the earth’s path around the sun.

            It is useless to want anything else from the Church except this mystery of infallibility and fallibility, sanctity and sin, courage and weakness, credibility and the lack of it.

People who are dreaming of something different from this reality are simply wasting time and keep going back to the beginning again.  Moreover, they show they have not understood humankind.

            Because that is human, just as the Church shows us to be, in our wickedness and, at the same time, in our invincible courage, which faith in Christ has given us, and the love of Christ has us live.

 

Pray for Christ’s church, that we might reflect the grace, love and mercy of our Lord.

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