Monday, September 3, 2012

Being Judas Iscariot

The Holy Father's recent address on the Bread of Life discourse needs to be mentioned, with a comparison to current affairs. Consider the following, pulled from Zenit:

In the end, Jesus knew that even among the Twelve there was one who did not believe: Judas. Judas too could have left like the other disciples did; perhaps he should have left had he wanted to be honest. 

Those proclaiming to be a follower of Christ, yet not actually believing the words of Christ, are liars.

Instead he stayed with Jesus. He stayed not because of faith, not because of love, but with the secret plan to get back at the Master. Why? Because Judas felt that Jesus had betrayed him and he decided to betray Jesus in turn. 

If a person lies about being Catholic (translation: believing Catholic stuff) and stays in the Church in order to mold it in their own image, such a person is just as much of a traitor as Judas.

Judas was a zealot and wanted a victorious Messiah who would lead a revolt against the Romans. Jesus frustrated these expectations. The problem is that Judas did not leave and his gravest fault was falsity, which is the sign of the devil. Because of this Jesus said to the Twelve: “One among you is a devil!”

In other words, these liars and traitors don't belong to Christ. They belong to The Adversary. As the lines keep drawn in clearer and clearer terms, it is getting harder and harder to attribute ignorance to the masses who claim the right to dissent from the Magisterium. This is especially true in the cases where the dissenter declares that they know all this stuff and will continue their revolt anyway.

Let's remember these people as we move forward. Charity must always be exercised, like with the priest in the clip, but we can't dodge these folks either. Charity doesn't mean shying away from confrontation.

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