Dear Fellow Catholics,
In lieu of there being no Mass this week in England, here is Fr. Trauners sermon:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
My dearly beloved in Our Lord,
Last week was Mission Sunday. To explain the full meaning of the Church’s mission, we have mounted to the first principle of this mission, God himself in His Blessed Trinity, according to the word of Our Lord: “As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” (Jn 20,21) Thus the mission exercised by the Church is none other than a continuation of the sending – the missio – that the Son has received from the Father concerning the Incarnation and the Redemption; and this same mission continued by the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Our Lord.
Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. Again we read in St John (cf. Gospel, 18,37): “Pilate therefore said to him: Art thou a king then? Jesus answered: Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world.” And he goes on stating the essential feature of his kingship and kingdom: it is all about truth: “and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice.”
Our Lord shall hand over to the divine Majesty, through his perfect obedience even unto death, and the death on the Cross (cf. Phil 2,8) and through his absolute reign over all souls, “an eternal and universal kingdom (…), a kingdom of truth and life, of holiness and grace, of justice, love and peace” (cf. Preface of Christ the King).
The kingship of Christ is universal, for it covers all souls: Those of good will for their salvation through the grace won by the work of Redemption; and those of ill will for their damnation.
Where is the line of separation? Who or what makes it that some are saved, and others condemned?
The line of separation is indicated by Our Lord in the words quoted above from today’s Gospel: Christ gives testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, hears his voice.
It sounds very simple, and indeed it should be. God is creating human souls for the sole purpose that these souls may make sure their salvation: “… God our Saviour, who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1Tim 2,3-4) But the knowledge of the truth calls for the embracing of the truth through the act of Faith, under the assistance of divine grace – which grace God will not deny to any man.
Thus, if the salvation of our souls is mainly the work of divine grace, the condemnation of a soul is this soul’s own work, either because a given soul refuses to know the truth, or refuses to accept the known truth, or rejects the truth which he or she has come to embrace.
Now God is presented to modern man as the infinitely merciful one – a name well known to the muslim from their most unholy book. But the would-be hierarchy of the new order religion is doing even worse than the muslim. For they still believe in a god judging his creatures, albeit at random and arbitrarily. But the pretended hierarchy of the man-made church of Vatican2 wants to totally exclude the notion of God being the supreme judge. Only in this most perverse way can they “make sense” of a world which denies itself any objective sense or purpose!
God the Father does not judge any man, this is true (Jn 5,22). For the Father “hath given all judgment to the Son” (ibid.) through whom all things were made (cf. Jn 1,3: omnia per ipsum facta sunt). Thus the Son is true King, for the power of judgment is an attribute of the highest authority. And God the Son, by judging all souls and all earthly realities, will finally lay down the everlasting and universal kingdom at the feet of the Father.
Let us adhere, my dear Christian brethren, to this kingdom which will never fail us with its support. Let us embrace the truth and hold on to whatever we have come to know to be true, by God’s grace. Even if this should cost us our temporary life, it is worth the prize: the redemption of our soul through the precious Blood of our King.
And you, dear children who will now receive the body of Our Lord for the first time in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, be you also true to Christ who is the truth – “ego sum veritas” (Jn 14,6).
It must be clear to your mind that from this day onward, your actions – good or evil – are speaking much more loudly before Christ. He gives you, by the frequent reception of the precious Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion, all you need in order to follow him to your eternal call and reward. Nay, he gives you much more than what you need, for he says: “I am come that they may have life, and may have it more abundantly.” (Jn 10,10)
Make it your special resolution that from this day onward, you will be true to Our Lord: True in the practice of the holy Christian faith; true by fighting off all temptations of lying, for the unique reason that God is the truth, and that He can never be pleased with a lie coming from the mouth of one of His children. Truthfulness might not always pay off in this wicked world, but it certainly does with God, Our Father in Heaven. “Communicantes Christi passionibus gaudete. – If you partake of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice that when his glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy” (1Petr 4,13). May these words of St Peter, the first Pope, be a safe guide for your mind and heart to Heaven.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen
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