"For it must needs be that scandals come"
For the 19th Sunday After Pentecost - Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel|
"For if, as the Church has always taught, the Scriptures say that the promises were fulfilled in Jesus Christ and His Church, how can it be said at the same time that God promised Jerusalem to the Jews? To affirm one interpretation is to deny the other. To support the false claims of the Jewish Zionists is to deny the Church its inheritance and to scandalize the little ones-faithful Catholics. '…You are a scandal to Me; for you do not mind the things of God, but those of men' (Mt.16:23). "
Editor's Note: Today we are pleased to introduce Father Louis Campbell as a regular contributor of homilies to The DAILY CATHOLIC readers. We have titled the column "Qui legit, intelligat" which are Christ's words "He that readeth, let him understand" in Matthew 24: 15. This week we will be bringing you three straight sermons by Father and then we hope to provide a homily for the Sunday Mass given last year on each Sunday and on Monday's we will bring you his sermon for this year for the same observance. We welcome Fr. Louis to the solid stable of excellent Traditional Catholic writers in The DAILY CATHOLIC.
"Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven" (Mt.18:3).
Father Louis J. Campbell
In our time the child has become a focus of attention by the media, and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child is being implemented. The Convention states, for example, "The child shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child's choice" (Article 13, #1). The devil must be pleased.
The hypocrisy smells to high Heaven, of course, since the globalists promote abortion, contraception and sterilization, and seek to lower the population of the world by whatever it takes, genocide and war not excluded. They care little about the children themselves. They want to gain control over their minds by withdrawing them from parental control and programming them to accept the new order of things, which is quickly overtaking us. The children are being led into a state of spiritual darkness, about which the Lord speaks angrily in today's Gospel: "Woe to the world because of scandals! For it must needs be that scandals come, but woe to the man through whom scandal does come!" (Mt.18:7).
Scandal, according to St. Thomas Aquinas, is a word or action evil in itself, or the omission of a word or action that ought to be there, which becomes the occasion of another's spiritual ruin. Today the Church is rocked by scandals, which the media take delight in detailing. They don't know the half of it. By failing to teach true Catholic doctrine, and by heretical preaching and teaching, bishops and priests, parents and teachers, have failed to hand on the uncorrupted faith of the Church, so that the children no longer understand what it means to be Catholic. They have been betrayed and scandalized. No wonder they are unable to resist the enemies of their souls.
Scandal is not something new in the Church. Jesus even had to reprimand Peter, who was upset about the Lord's prediction of His Passion, "Get behind me, satan, you are a scandal to me; for you do not mind the things of God, but those of men" (Mt.16:23).
Sadly, today scandal rocks the Church even at the highest level. Officials at the Vatican are pretending that the modern state of Israel can lay claim to the promises God made to Abraham, which would mean that the Jews have a divine right to claim the whole territory between the Nile and the Euphrates, based on these words from the book of Genesis: "On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, 'To your posterity I will give this land, from the river of Egypt to the Great River (the Euphrates)…'" (Gn.15:18).
Speaking this past week to 2,500 cheering Christians at the annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration organized by the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel, claimed he was told by John Paul II that Jerusalem was holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, "but it was promised only to the Jews." To my knowledge, this has not been denied by the Vatican.
Who are the heirs to the promises made to Abraham? Jesus Christ and those who have faith in Him, according to St. Paul (Gal.3:15,16). So although he never fails to promote his famous "civilization of peace and love," John Paul II supports the false claims of Jewish Zionism, thus contributing to the cause of war in the Middle East. For if, as the Church has always taught, the Scriptures say that the promises were fulfilled in Jesus Christ and His Church, how can it be said at the same time that God promised Jerusalem to the Jews? To affirm one interpretation is to deny the other. To support the false claims of the Jewish Zionists is to deny the Church its inheritance and to scandalize the little ones-faithful Catholics. "…You are a scandal to Me; for you do not mind the things of God, but those of men" (Mt.16:23).
How do we avoid being deceived, and at the same time protect the children? It cannot be done without supernatural help, which Christ Himself has promised us. At the end of today's Gospel He says: "See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you, their angels in heaven always behold the face of my Father in Heaven" (Mt.18:10,11). If scandals must come, God sees all, and He is not deceived. We are in God's hands at all times, as long as we keep the faith and obey His commands. God sends St. Michael the Archangel and the Heavenly hosts of angels to protect us and to carry out His punishments against those who resist Him, just as they cast out the devil from Heaven:
"And there was a battle in heaven; Michael and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon fought with his angels. And they did not prevail, neither was their place found any more in Heaven. And the great dragon was cast down, the ancient serpent, he who is called the devil and Satan, who leads astray the whole world…" (Apoc.12:7-9a).
Thus will be the defeat of the forces of evil, which now make war against God and His holy Church. "He Who is throned in Heaven laughs…," says the second psalm; "Then in His anger He speaks to them; He terrifies them in his wrath: 'I myself have set up My king on Sion, My holy mountain'" (Ps.2:4a,5,6)-Jesus Christ, the true King and heir to the promises.
Yes, God has something to say to presidents, prime ministers and potentates who ignore His laws and have an exaggerated sense of their own power and importance:
"And now, O kings, give heed; take warning, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice before Him; with trembling pay homage to Him, lest He be angry and you perish from the way, when His anger blazes suddenly. Happy are all who take refuge in Him!" (Ps.2:10-12).
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle!
October 1, 2002
vol 13, no. 106
"Qui legit, intelligat" Father Louis Campbell's Sunday Sermons