Homily, 10-3-22; Monday of 27th Week in Ordinary Time:
St. Paul reminds us of the origins of our faith. It is a divine revelation, not a man-made construction. He writes to the Galatians: “Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the Gospel preached by me is not of human origin. For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.”
And that Gospel has been passed on for 2,000 year to us who receive it today. St. Paul says that the Galatians were called to hear the Good News by the grace of Jesus Christ. And he admonishes them for so quickly and easily turning away from his teaching of the true faith. But he more seriously attacks those who mislead the people with false teachings. He says: “Let that one be accursed!”
We thank God that, like the Galatians, we too have been called to hear and be taught the Gospel, the Good News, by the grace of Jesus Christ. We are very blessed to have the Catholic Church to safeguard the teachings of Christ generation after generation. But, as it was in the time of St. Paul, there are those today who misrepresent the faith, who twist Church teachings, and lead the faithful astray. There are clerical leaders within the Church who stray from teaching orthodox faith. There are other leaders, especially Catholic politicians, who encourage the faithful to disregard traditional Church teaching.
And so we must be strong in our faith, using the resources available to us to discern the true faith and not go astray. We must pray for our priests and bishops that they have the wisdom and strength to guide us on the straight path of our faith. Let them follow in St. Paul’s footsteps as servants of Christ. We must also pray seriously for those leading souls away from the true faith. They seek to curry favor with people, rather than with God. May the Holy Spirit touch their hearts and correct them lest they be accursed.
And yes, we need to look also at ourselves as leaders of our families and as Catholic examples in our communities. Do we teach and witness the true faith to those who look up to us and those who observe our actions and listen to our words? We can ask ourselves the question St. Paul asked: “Am I now currying favor with human beings or God?” Are we trying to please people or trying to be a servant of Christ?