THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
THE OLD AND THE NEW
February 11, 2020
Today’s gospel: Mark 7:1-13
To be built on the Rock that is Christ, we must know and live
out God’s word. We must obey God’s commandments.
Many Catholics today no longer do so.
centuries of Catholicism, many today are lapsed Catholics,
basically abandoning the faith. Many are cultural Catholics,
born into Catholic families and living in Catholic lands,
just “keeping the tradition of the elders.” (v.3b).
These might be good traditions, such as making the sign of
the cross at various times and in various circumstances. For
the Jews, they washed their hands before eating (v.3). Nothing
wrong with that. What is wrong is that the heart does not
conform to the outward actions. “This people honors
me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me”
(v.6b). Such people do not live the commands of God, but remain
with their superficial religiosity. “You disregard God’s
commandment but cling to human tradition.” (v.8).
there is another problem. There are those who actually want
to re-interpret the commands of God to suit their human thinking
as to what Catholics should be doing. For the Jews, it was
with regard to the financial support of parents, which they
negated by claiming it is qorban(v.10-12). For some today,
even among clerics, it is making acceptable such wrong things
as LBGT and giving Communion to those in irregular unions
(live in; divorced and remarried; homosexual unions). The
word of God, the catechism of the Catholic Church, and the
apostolic tradition through two millennia are clear as to
what is right and wrong. But there are those who want to reach
out to those in sin (and rightly should we do so) but in the
process “nullify the word of God” (v.13a). This
is all about political correctness.
is today a drift within our Church to modernism, which looks
to the well-being of man but sacrifices the precepts of God.
It is looking to the zeitgeist. It is misinterpreting the
word of God, or worse, deliberately distorting it, in order
to achieve one’s human objectives. It is placing in
importance the human person above the divine Being. It is
desecrating the Eucharist by celebrating LGBT, with LGBT banners
in the altars. “In vain do they worship me, teaching
as doctrines human precepts.” (v.7).
to remain built on Rock, which necessitates listening to and
acting on the word of God, there are two aspects to be careful
of. One, it is just going through the motions of being a Catholic
without actually living the word of God as a true Christian.
Two, it is re-interpreting the word of God and remaking Christianity
in order to make the faith more acceptable and accommodating,
but in the process violating the commands of God. The first
is hypocrisy and the second is modernism. Both are condemned
by Christ and his Church.
is interesting that the first is about tradition, keeping
what is old, and the second is about modernity, making what
is new. There is nothing wrong with looking to the old and
to the new, but what is crucial is to keep to the word of
God, which is unchanging.