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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Fr. Campbell- “The things that are for your peace” (Lk.19:42)

“The things that are for your peace” (Lk.19:42)

A thousand years before the birth of Jesus Christ, His ancestor, King David, prayed:

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May those who love you prosper! May peace be within your walls, prosperity in your buildings” (Ps.121:6,7). 

Jesus wept over Jerusalem and lamented its future destruction by the Romans, which occurred forty years after His Resurrection:

“If you had known, in this your day, even you, the things that are for your peace!  But now they are hidden from your eyes” (Lk.19:42).

But what were the things that were for its peace? We need to know because the same fate awaits us if we do not wake up in time and amend our ways. Jesus was saddened by the hardness of heart and lack of faith He witnessed in Jerusalem:

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem! Thou who killest the prophets, and stonest those who are sent to thee! How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but thou wouldst not!” (Mt.23:37).

Before His Ascension, Our Lord sent out His Apostles to preach the Gospel:

“Go into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned” (Mk.16:15,16).

But it didn’t take the devil any time at all to set up his false philosophies and religions to deceive the unwary. In our own time the man in the oval office declares that America is no longer a Christian nation. Festivals of other religions, like Ramadan, Hanukah and Diwali are celebrated at the Whitehouse, but Christianity no longer has a place. Even the rainbow flag was raised over the Whitehouse in support of the gay agenda. Soon every perversion will be accepted as normal, and those who object will be considered criminals. This nation, like virtually every nation in the Western World, is adrift in a sea of corruption without a compass. Jesus was of infinite patience, but when He had reason to be angry He did not mince words: 

“Woe to thee, Corozain! Woe to thee, Bethsaida! For if in Tyre and Sidon had been worked the miracles that have been worked in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And thou, Capharnaum, shalt thou be exalted to heaven? Thou shalt be thrust down to hell. For if the miracles had been worked in Sodom that have been worked in thee, it would have remained to this day. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for thee” (Mt.11:21-24).

We were once “one nation under God.” Now we are a nation without God. Even Satan can be openly worshipped in the name of “freedom of religion”. But what is this “freedom of religion” that America so proudly proclaims? True “freedom of religion” does not mean that everyone has a right to choose whatever religion he wants, whether it be true or false. Religious Freedom is the freedom to choose the religion that God wants, the one, true Religion revealed by God through His own Divine Son, Jesus Christ – the Holy Catholic Religion. Everyone is obliged to seek out that one, true religion and embrace it.

True Religion is no longer taught or practiced by the Novus Ordo sect, which masquerades as the Catholic Church, nor by the leader of that sect, the so-called “pope” Francis Bergoglio. The Augustinian nun, Anna Catherine Emmerich, who lived about two hundred years ago, recounts in her visions:

“I saw also the relationship between the two popes… I saw how baleful would be the consequences of this false church. I saw it increase in size; heretics of every kind came into the city (of Rome)… Then, I saw that everything that pertained to Protestantism was gradually gaining the upper hand, and the Catholic religion fell into complete decadence… In those days, Faith will fall very low, and it will be preserved in some places only…” (Yves Dupont, Catholic Prophecy – the Coming Chastisement; Tan Books).

How, then, can we escape the anger of God and the catastrophic punishments that are hanging over this world like the sword of Damocles? I’ll bet you have already answered that question for yourselves. If you said the Lord’s Prayer this morning you prayed:

“Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven!” (Mt.6:10).

We escape the punishments by obeying God, and by doing His will, like Jesus Christ, who came into this world to do the will of the Father:

 “Behold I come; in the written scroll it is prescribed for me, to do your will, O my God, is my delight, and your law is within my heart!” (Ps.39:8,9).

Our purpose in this world is not to be pleasure seekers, to make piles of money, or to gain fame or power. Like the Blessed Virgin Mary, who told the Angel Gabriel: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word” (Lk.1:38), we are here “to know, to love, and to serve God in this world, so as to be happy with Him forever in the next.” Our Lord says it best:

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. Now this is the will of him who sent me, the Father, that I should lose nothing of what he has given me, but that I should raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father who sent  me, that whoever beholds the Son, and believes in him, shall have everlasting life, and I will raise him up on the last day” (Jn.6:38-40).