Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. (Luke 12:51)
Every time we read this verse, it comes as a surprise. (Except for the subsequent part about strife between mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law.)
Since we know that: Lord Jesus came to unite the human race. In the Holy Spirit. Divine love unites all Christians, in Jesus’ Church.
But the path to unity goes by way of extreme solitude. Jesus suffered alone in the Garden of Gethsemane. He died alone, just like every human being must die alone. We reach unity with God in Christ and His Holy Church by way of: the utter solitude of death.
Which means we can never try to domesticate or render saccharine the mysterious unity of Christ’s Church. Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani said it, at Vatican II, after another Council father had given a speech about the “collegiality of bishops.” Ottaviani pointed out: The New Testament records one instance when Christ’s disciples acted in complete unison. When the Lord was arrested, they all fled. (Matthew 26:56)
But the Christ’s mission did not end with His solitary death. He rose in the flesh. His risen flesh unites us. What we have to do is: believe.
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As tragic as it was that all of his disciples fled, those of us today who may feel that we at times in some way “desert” our God, may find some solace and encouragement in knowing that despite their weakness of the moment, the disciples did return. And, Christ loved them still. And, they did go on to spread the word of God throughout the lands. “…and behold, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (RSV, Second Catholic Edition, Ignatius Press)
A hundred Cardinals such as Cardinal Alfredo and the Amazon “Synod’ outrage, if it happened, would NOT have been the heretical circus we have seen! Clearly we have that many or more his opposite!
Yes to Judy. But, even though they united later…after they fled….they all died as martyrs….except the one who didn’t flee (at the Cross). He died of old age on Patmos – suffering his martyrdom as our Mother did – with a sword of sorrow piercing his soul. I know we don’t earn our way to Heaven, but by God’s grace, we are rewarded for the decisions we make every day to prove our love.