November 18, 2018
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
As we near the end of another liturgical year, we listen once again to Jesus’ words concerning the end times. We can either grow anxious about the coming of the end or we can look with hope for the new beginning promised by Christ. Already baptized into Him, we share in Christ’s dying and rising. For through His suffering and death, He has set us free for a greater and more marvelous existence. In Him, the fullness of life has already begun, a foretaste of the future.
From its beginning, the Church has professed that Christ will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and that His kingdom will have no end. For nearly two millennia we have been waiting for this promise to be fulfilled, and one day it will be. Still, in this time of waiting God does not call us to anxiety but to confident vigilance. Our reading from Hebrews reminds us that Christ remains our High Priest Who has offered Himself for the forgiveness of our sins. God knows what it is to be human. He simply calls us to stay awake amidst the distractions of life so that on the day of our visitation we will recognize Him with trust and love. St. John of the Cross wrote, “When evening comes, you will be examined in love.” So let us prepare for the day of Christ’s final coming. Already, we recognize Him in our brothers and sisters, in His Word and in His sacraments. But we always look for Him to come in glory to lead us home. May our great hope displace all anxiety. As St. Paul said to the Corinthians, “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what not has entered the human heart, is what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
This past Thursday, Bishop Ronald Gainer announced that the Diocese of Harrisburg is moving forward with the development of a Survivors’ Compensation Program. The Diocese has engaged attorney Kenneth Feinberg and his associate, Camille Biros, to administer the program. Mr. Feinberg specializes in administering similar programs and has successfully run the Archdiocese of New York’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Fund as well as the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. The Diocese pledges that the resources for this fund will not come from the money you so generously donate to Historic St. Mary’s and to the Diocese. The money for this program will come from the Diocese’s reserve, unrestricted Diocesan accounts and the yield from the Diocese’s investments. More details on the program, including a video message from Bishop Gainer, can be found on the Diocese’s website at www.HBGDiocese.org.
Catechism Question of the Week: True or False? Absolution takes away sin and remedies all the disorders sin has caused. (see CCC 1459)
With family, friends and those you meet, please discuss the following Question of the Week: How would I describe the kingship and the kingdom of Jesus?
In Christ’s Peace,
Rev. Leo M. Goodman III