(Part 125)


June 23, 2015

Today’s gospel: Matthew 7:6-14

Today’s gospel contains a problematic passage. “Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.” (v.6). “Dogs” and “swine” were Jewish terms of contempt for Gentiles. Some Jews opposed the preaching of the gospel to Christians, thinking salvation was only for the Jews. But Jesus commissioned his disciples to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth, to both Jew and Gentile alike. Perhaps Jesus took the saying and was applying it to how to deal with an unrepentant or obstinate fellow Christian. They were ultimately to be treated as Gentiles or tax collectors, that is, shunned.

We now apply this saying to LCSC. LCSC is the valuable gift given to us by God for the work of the New Evangelization. It is a holy pearl. But there are still those who either oppose it, or simply do not want to get on board. This can come from two directions–our own brethren in CFC-FFL and those outside the community (priests and lay leaders).

We should continue to explain LCSC so that our CFC-FFL brethren can catch the vision. It is a radical move of the Spirit, not readily found attractive. It is challenging, as we become not self-referential and truly give of ourselves, nay, empty ourselves, for the sake of the larger work of the Church. It is how we can truly be a servant to the Church. But if after numerous explanations and all questions being answered, if there is still no buy-in, then we must move on, no longer wasting precious time and just get on with the massive work at hand. We can just pray for those who have not given LCSC their full embrace, and joyfully welcome them if and when they do decide to be a part of this movement.

Now there are priests and parish leaders who may not accept LCSC. Again, if explanations and efforts to get them to accept the movement prove unsuccessful, then we are to shake the dust of the parish from our sandals and move on. There are many more parishes waiting, many of which would be more positive. For the others, we can await another opportune time, but for the moment, we should focus on moving the work ever forward.

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