15 July 2012

Ordination of Women and the Spirit of Revolution (7th Sun. after Pentecost 2012)

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves:
by their fruits you will know them.

Dominica Septima post Pentecosten
15 July 2012
Epistle: Rom. 6:19-23
Gospel: Matt. 7:15-21

When He was about to ascend to Heaven, Our Blessed Lord commanded His disciples to go throughout the world, teaching all nations and baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. This commission to evangelize the world is implied in today’s introit, wherein all the nations are exhorted to clap their hands and shout for joy to God in a voice of exultation. We should not, however, take this psalm text to mean that the world is in no way hostile to the message of the Gospel. Indeed, a watershed moment in history that demonstrates that hostility occurred two hundred twenty-three years ago yesterday in France in what is known as the French Revolution, the spirit of which still animates the world today.