Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The Return of the King

When all is said and done...

Tuesday, 04 November 2008 Tuesday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time
St. Charles Borromeo

Philip. 2,5-11. Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Ps 22(21),26-27.28-30.31-32. I will offer praise in the great assembly; my vows I will fulfill before those who fear him. The poor will eat their fill; those who seek the LORD will offer praise. May your hearts enjoy life forever!" All the ends of the earth will worship and turn to the LORD; All the families of nations will bow low before you. For kingship belongs to the LORD, the ruler over the nations. All who sleep in the earth will bow low before God; All who have gone down into the dust will kneel in homage. And I will live for the LORD; my descendants will serve you. The generation to come will be told of the Lord, that they may proclaim to a people yet unborn the deliverance you have brought.

Lk 14,15-24. One of his fellow guests on hearing this said to him, "Blessed is the one who will dine in the kingdom of God." He replied to him, "A man gave a great dinner to which he invited many. When the time for the dinner came, he dispatched his servant to say to those invited, 'Come, everything is now ready.' But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves. The first said to him, 'I have purchased a field and must go to examine it; I ask you, consider me excused.' And another said, 'I have purchased five yoke of oxen and am on my way to evaluate them; I ask you, consider me excused.' And another said, 'I have just married a woman, and therefore I cannot come.' The servant went and reported this to his master. Then the master of the house in a rage commanded his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in here the poor and the crippled, the blind and the lame.' The servant reported, 'Sir, your orders have been carried out and still there is room.' The
master then ordered the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedgerows and make people come in that my home may be filled. For, I tell you, none of those men who were invited will taste my dinner.'"

our darkest hour

Fell deeds await...

Now for Wrath...

Now for Ruin ...

And the Red Dawn!


Monday, November 03, 2008

death here, life there

There's a profound difference between the Love of Christ and socialism. Love involves Person and Act. Socialism involves institutions and material. From a positioned framed by a perverted perception of justice, it merely objectifies and commodifies humanity in a different way than does capitalism. But collectivizing and controlling human relations is more dangerous than capitalism because it removes individual freedom. It makes the institution God, and forces a soulless subjectivity. The oppurtunity to give and receive Love is diminished. As Augustine says, the smallest act is equal in Love to the largest. Within a socialist society, those oppurtunities cease to have meaning.

Saint Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church Discourse on Psalm 121 "You will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
Love has great power; it is our strength. If we have no love then nothing else is of any use to us. «If I speak in human and angelic tongues,» the apostle Paul says: «but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal» (1Cor 13,1). And then listen to this tremendous statement: «If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over to be burnt, but do not have love, I am nothing» (v.3). Even if love is all you have, even if you cannot give to the poor, love. Were you to give no more than a cup of cold water (Mt 10,42), it would be worth the same reward as Zacchaeus had, having distributed half his possessions (Lk 19,8). How is this? One gives but little, the other much and do their gestures have the same value? Indeed yes – their wherewithal is unequal but their love is equal... The Psalmist says: «We will go into the house of the Lord» (Ps 122[121],4). It is up to us to see whether we are going there. Not our feet but our hearts are what take us there. See whether we are on the way; let each one ask himself: What are you doing for the poor believer, for the brother who is homeless or the beggar who holds out his hand? Check whether your heart is closed... «Pray for the peace of Jerusalem» (v.6). What does the peace of Jerusalem consist in? «Prosperity for those who love you» (Vulg). The psalmist addresses Jerusalem: «Those who love you will prosper» – prosperity after deprivation. Wretchedness here below, prosperity above; weakness here, strength there; those who are poor here are rich there. And where do their riches come from? From the fact that here they gave away the possessions they had received for a time from God they will receive there what God gives them for all eternity. My brethren, here below the rich are those who are poor; it is good that the rich man discovers his own poverty. Does he think himself satisfied? This is to be puffed up, not full. Let him recognise his own emptiness so as to be capable of satisfaction. What does he have? Gold. What does he still lack? Eternal life. Let him take good note of what he has and recognise what he lacks. Brothers, let him give away what he possesses so as to receive what he has not.