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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Fr. Campbell, "“The Light of the World” (Jn.8:12)"

“The Light of the World” (Jn.8:12)

Jesus Christ is the Light of the world! We say this with confidence, believing in His word:

“I am the light of the world. He who follows me does not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life” (Jn.8:12).

This is the truth, and we must never forget it, or doubt it, especially in the difficult days that are to come. This was already foretold by the prophet Isaiah, centuries before Jesus was born in Bethlehem of the Holy Virgin Mary:

“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: to them that dwelt in the region of the shadow of death, light is risen” (Is.9:2).

If we don’t believe that Jesus is the Light of the world, what are we doing here? If we don’t believe He is the Light of the world, then, was He mistaken? Perhaps Jesus was suffering from illusions of grandeur (i.e., He was insane). Or was He, perhaps, a liar? There are just these three possibilities – either Jesus was insane, or He was a liar, or He was the Light of the World as He claimed. There is only one way to be saved, that is, through Him:

“I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through me” (Jn.14:6).

Jesus is the Door through which we must enter: “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All whoever have come are thieves and robbers; but the sheep have not heard them. I am the door. If anyone enter by me he shall be safe, and shall go in and out, and shall find pastures. The thief comes only to steal, and slay, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly” (Jn.10:7-10).

But is this no longer true? Has the truth changed with the years? Does our Holy Catholic Religion now need an update? How can Francis Bergoglio, the so-called “pope”, change what the Church has always believed, and say that now one religion is as good as another? To him, all religions are good, and you can be saved by belonging to any of them, or even to none of them. He casts a shadow over the Light of the world. The people of the world are living in darkness and the shadow of death, and He does not allow them to see the Light, Jesus Christ.

Francis meets with his Jewish and Muslim friends, and those of other religions, but he makes no effort to tell them that Jesus is the Light of the world, the Savior in whom they must believe in order to be saved. They are still living in darkness and in the shadow of death, but he cares only about “dialogue” and not that they will lose their souls and spend their eternity in Hell. 

They will not find the truth from Bergoglio. He does not preach the Gospel. He does not have Catholic Faith. Bergoglio has deceived the whole novus ordo into thinking that one religion is as good as another. He insists that good “catholics” should enter into ecumenical dialogue with those of other religions, not to bring the light of the Gospel to them, but to show them how much “respect” and admiration we have for their religions, whereas their religions, in spite of the good things that might be found in them, represent the darkness of error, and not the light of truth. The so-called “great world religions” are dark prisons that admit no light. The billions of people who belong to these religions are not free. They are bound by the chains of error. It is only the truth that makes us free, as Jesus says:

“If you abide in my word, you shall be my disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn.8:32).

How great a sin it is to impede the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! This sin is in direct disobedience to the command of Jesus to His Church. The Gospel must be preached to all:

“Go into the 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 worse, far worse than that, Francis prays with them in their synagogues and mosques, because he says we all pray to the same God. How could this be? Christians pray to the Triune God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Both Jews and Muslims condemn the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, the Jews because they deny that Jesus Christ was a m ere man, and not the Messiah, and the Muslims because they believe Jesus was only a prophet, and not the Son of God. They do not pray to the Triune God, and the Church forbids Catholics to pray together with those who do not hold to the true Faith. But that does not stop Bergoglio.

The great creeds of the Church, like the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed, are compendiums of the Catholic Faith in which we must believe if we are to be Catholic. One of the great creeds is the Athanasian Creed, which is attributed to the great Doctor and Father of the Church, St. Athanasius. The Athanasian Creed, quite long, contains these essential words:

“Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith. Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the Catholic Faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity… Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting Salvation, that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess, that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man.”  

The time is short! St. Jude’s and the few places like it will not be allowed to survive for long in an increasingly pagan and immoral world. But Keep the Faith! Keep the Word of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! And take refuge in the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that is, under her protection. You may not then have access to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. But say the Rosary every day – without fail. Say it NOW, so that it will be your lifeline to Heaven when it really matters.