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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Indeed we are glad!

The appointment of Archbishop Jose Gomez to the see of Los Angeles is probably the most significant episcopal appointment in the last 30 years.

Los Angeles has been the source of an endless stream of dissent, open challenges to the Holy Father, and infectious progressive drivel for the last 40 years. The Church in LA may very well become smaller but will certainly grow stronger and be closer to the heart and mind of the Church and the Heart and mind of Jesus. For this we must rejoice. Christ is Risen! He is alive and has appeared to Los Angeles! The Mystical Body of Christ, the Church in LA, will rise from the progressive tomb and live again in the Light of Christ!

I had the pleasure of meeting and spending a little time with the Archbishop when he visited the seminary I attended. I recall that I and many others were impressed by him.

Today's readings reveal the constancy of the presence of Christ in the Church. In the Gospel, Jesus opens up the Scriptures for the disciples, revealing how they spoke of Him all along. He shows them that He is the fulfillment of all the ancient law and prophets foretold. He reminds them of what must happen and how they are witneses of God's saving work to all the nations. In the first reading from Acts, Peter is speaking to the crowds of people in the portico of the Temple. He is speaking to Jews and contextualizes the person of Christ and His saving message within the history of the Jewish people. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had glorified Jesus, the Scriptures proclaim Him, Moses and the prophets foretold Him. And we are witnesses of these things. What Peter speaks is an extension of what he heard from Jesus. This is the very definition of Tradition: what Christ spoke, the Apostles handed on, and the Fathers safeguarded. Peter presents Jesus just as He revealed Himself: the fulfillment of all the law and prophets. The Church continues to proclaim Jesus Christ as He truly is and all that a relationship with Him entails. We are witnesses of these things!

The Church holds the Tradition. The Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church, as Vatican II and Pope Benedict XVI have clearly stated. In other words, all that Christ intended for His Church remains complete and permanent in the Catholic Church.

Christ has revealed God to us in the most powerful way: His Paschal Mystery. The Church witnesses to the reality of that revelation and its implications.

Today's Collect begins "Father, you gather the nations to praise your name..." At the Easter Vigil men and women across the globe entered the Church. Last year the Holy Father announcemed the establishment of a special canonical structure and ordinaries to facilitate Anglicans coming into the Church. Many members of the Anglican Communion are disenfranchised because of the continual splintering within their community. Last week the U.S. Anglican Bishops voted to ask the Pope to bring their 120 parishes and 3,000 persons into the Catholic Church. Similar decisions are being debated in other countries. The Church holds the Tradition and it is a beacon of hope and truth for many. Christ is gathering the nations to praise His name!

These are the days the Lord has made, and indeed we are glad!

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