When the Lord Jesus came out from the Jordan River, after His Baptism, the heavens opened and the Father spoke: “This is my beloved Son, on Whom My favor rests/in Whom I am well-pleased.”
That moment in Christ’s life expresses the goal of our spiritual lives, doesn’t it? To rest in the pleasure of God, right here, right now. To live on the will of the Father as our food and drink, like the Lord Jesus lived on the Father’s will. To love God and please Him—by lovingly obeying His plan to make us ourselves, in full.
Qoheleth penetratingly assessed the vanity of the world. It’s all perfect futility–with the rivers running to the oceans through generation after generation, and Alexander the Great, and Julius Caesar, and, Mao Tse Tung, and Whitney Houston, and every other dead person, moldering in dusty graves. And all of us facing the same oblivion… Pure futility. Unless we have the mind of Christ, and rest in the divine good pleasure.
To share the triune love–which heaven vividly revealed to us on the bank of the Jordan—that gives life meaning. That gives life true joy. Without a share in the divine good pleasure: vanity and chasing after wind.
We Catholics very much favor dialogue with other religions. Anyone who does homage to the one true God we recognize as a brother or sister. We always seek mutual understanding and peace with everyone.
But we would never say: “All religions are really fundamentally the same.” Because, without the mind of Christ—it’s all vanity.
We Catholics love to seek unity with other Christians, which we call “ecumenism.” We recognize anyone who confesses Christ as a brother or sister, with whom we seek peace and mutual understanding.
But we would never say, “All denominations are really the same.” Because having the mind of Christ is fundamentally a matter of supernatural grace. We cannot rest in the pleasure of the Almighty Father, in union with the Son, without a Gift from on high.
That Gift comes to us through the sacraments that Christ gave to His Church, when He founded Her. On the rock of Peter—one, holy, catholic, and apostolic—united on earth by the Bishop of Rome, our pope. With whom we pray at every Mass, seeking to share the mind of our Lord through the holy mystery we celebrate at our altars.