Disponible en Inglés - ve Homilías Inglés
(April 18, 2019)
Bottom line: Tonight we draw inspiration from Benedict's prayerful reflection. Yes, the sixties and seventies evidenced a terrible collapse for our society and our church, but the problem is our tepid response - especially to the great gift of the Eucharist.
The homily will be mainly in English but I begin with a summary in Spanish.
Esta noche sacamos inspiracion de la refleccion del papa jubilado, Benedicto Dieciseis, sobre la crisis de abuso sexual de menores por sacerdotes. A pesar de lo que dicen los medios de comunicacion, no echa la culpa a los anyos sesenta. Es cierto que los decadas entre 1960 a 1980 ven un colapso de nuestra sociedad y nuestra iglesia. Sin embargo, el problema es nuestra respuesta tibia - especialmente al gran don de la Eucaristia. Esta noche podemos renovar nuestra reverencia y gratitud por Jesus Sacramentado.
On Palm Sunday I mentioned the essay by Benedict XVI.
The pope emeritus gives his reflections on "the crisis experienced throughout the world after the shocking revelations of clerical abuse perpetrated against minors." Before becoming pope in 2005, Benedict served as theology professor, cardinal archbishop of Munich and later as head of the congregation that dealt with abuse cases. His reflections come from a depth of experience. They deserve careful reading, more than headlines which announce that he "blames the sixties" or "blames homosexuals" or "is criticizing Pope Francis."
On the last point, far from criticizing his sucessor, Bendict contacted Pope Francis before publishing his essary. If Pope Francis had objected, Benedict surely would have remained silent. In his final paragraph Benedict praises Pope Francis concluding, "Thank you, Holy Father!"
Benedict does mention homosexual cliques in the 70's but hardly lays blame at their feet.
Nor does he blame the sixties. Like many people he observes that in the 20 years from 1960 to 1980 "previously normative standards regarding sexuality collapsed entirely." The problem is that Catholic leaders, rather than standing up to this devastation, simply went along. As we used to say, "go with the flow." I say this to my own shame as well. More about that tomorrow when we focus on how our sins caused Jesus' suffering and death.
Tonight I want to focus on what Benedict identifies as "a central issue" - lack of reverence for the Eucharist. Benedict tells how after the Second Vatican Council (1963-1965) he hoped for "a new reverence for Christ's death and resurrection". In stead we fell into "a way of dealing with Him (Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament) that destroys the greatness of the mystery".
To restore that sense of mystery we need to return to our roots. St. Paul tells us, "I recieved from the Lord what I also handed on to you...that Jesus took bread and after giving thanks, said, 'This is my Body'". Tonight let's receive Communion with reverence. As the person ahead of you receives Jesus, bow your head, come forward with focus on Our Lord. Do the same with Jesus' Precious Blood. At the end of Mass I will place the ciborium of Hosts on the altar.
After incensing our Savior, I will cover the ciborium with the humoral veil for a procession inside the church. Those who are able, please kneel. The Blessed Sacrament, Jesus himself will remain on the chapel altar until midnight. Stay for some time of adoration or return at 10 or 11. This night above all we want to show reverence and gratitude.
You who are here tonight are my core parishioners. You can model reverence and gratitude. We do have a lot to be grateful for as we will see tomorrow when we focus on the depth of Jesus love and self sacrifice for us.
Tonight we draw inspiration from Benedict's prayerful reflection. Yes, the sixties and seventies evidenced a terrible collapse for our society and our church, but the problem is our tepid response - especially to the great gift of the Eucharist. We can, however, renew our reverence. In the our processional hymn we sing these words: "Canta, lengua jubilosa el misterio del altar". "Sing, my tongue, the Savior's glory of his flesh the mystery sing." Amen.
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