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Apr 162017

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I don’t know if you heard that a war almost happened this weekend. I am not being sarcastic, the reality is that what I just said is true. It seems that according to online reports linked to Drudge several English language publications indicated that North Korea showed off its latest submarine nuclear ballistic missile, but the Chinese news service mistranslated it and reported to the Chinese that North Korea fired off its latest submarine nuclear ballistic missile.

Obviously, if people did not catch the error that could have started a war or drawn us closer to war. It seems that we are kind of living the Cuban Missile Crisis in another form. At the same time, this is Easter weekend and it is the time we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

It would seem that those two events are not related, but they are very related. Why are we living in a time where people especially in Asia are on edge? Why is there concern that a situation could go out of control quite quickly which the Chinese have warned repeatedly? The answer is simple, we are a race of beings that no matter how hard we try, we cannot build a world that is permanently at peace. To use a phrase that to the apostles would be completely unknown, but is clearly in accords with Church teaching, our inability to build the perfect world is not in our DNA.

We know that Jesus died to save us from our sins, but his death is meaningless without his resurrection. If Jesus did not resurrect from the dead then He is nothing more than an Aramaic speaking version of Socrates. However, since he raised from the dead, He has demonstrated to us who He is, in contrast to who we are and invites to be on the road that leads us to be more like Him into eternal life.

The other option is to be his polar opposite which is not Satan, for Satan is not human. In fact, his polar opposite has appeared many times in different forms.

One of my favorite folk tunes is Jack Hardy’s Ragman which you can find on Youtube where he talks about the different vicious leaders that have appeared over the years who have created great destruction throughout history especially the Twentieth Century. We can think of our own Ragmen the obvious ones from the Twentieth Century are of course Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pinochet and, of course, the entire family line of North Korean Dictators. If they exist for any reason, it is to remind us that such evil is a potential within every one of us, in one form or another. That is because the ability tDNA Furcheno be perfect and build a perfect world is not in our DNA but to do things that hurt and destroy is.

Jesus’ resurrection is a call to us to recognize who we are and to make a choice whether we will follow the prince of peace into eternal life or try to solve our own problems here. But we do not have the right DNA to succeed without Christ who does.

This is why this Sunday is not just a liturgical feast that is the height of the entire liturgical year. It is celebration that leads us to confront the question to our very being which path do we want to follow: The one that is led into resurrection by the true prince of peace or the one built on the false notion that he is a myth and we can solve our own problems.

I learned many years ago as a sailor in the Navy, which, let’s face it, is still the most powerful Navy in the world, that it is Christ who is the one to follow for as St. Peter says in John 6, he is the only who has the words of eternal life.

In fact, when we look at the history of the world, Jesus is God, He is the Son of God, but when He died on that cross the whole world was not on edge. Indeed the whole world yawned, because the world did not know him and all that he promises. Meanwhile about a hundred years ago a horrible war started to come to an end. It began three years earlier because a man was shot after his driver took a wrong turn and ended up on the wrong street. That man was Archduke Ferdinand. Whole nations collapsed and the world never was the same after that driver innocently took a wrong turn.

In whom do you put your hopes? Do you put it in those who do not get that they do not have the DNA to build a perfect world, to solve the world’s problems? Or do you put in the one who by resurrecting from the dead promised us eternal life in a kingdom where that DNA would be repaired? It is your choice.

Not only is it your choice, but you have been called agents of that kingdom to lead others to see the truth.

When I was a teenager, my friend and I went to some show at the Hynes Convention Center, it may have been the fishing and camping show. Outside there was a man who had a pin on a table and a ball suspended from a line in front of the pin. The man invited us for maybe a dollar to use the ball and move make it swing around the pin so that on the return swing, it would knock over the pin. He demonstrated it and it worked every time. When we did it, it failed and he took our money. Well, we later learned in physics class that the man was a scam artist. He used a magnet to fool us when he demonstrated it, but in reality without the magnet it was literally a physical impossibility. We did not know enough science to understand it. We later learned the truth in high school physics class.

Jesus’ resurrection is a reminder of the same mission in reality. To believe we can build the perfect world is to be like myself and my friend who believed we could make the ball knock over the pin on the return swing. It looks possible, but it is impossible. When we put our trust in Christ the resurrected one, we can see the true way to build the perfect world and it begins by following Him, because after all he alone came back to show us the way.

A Blessed Easter,

Fr.Robert J Carr

Fr. Carr is member of the Segundo Elo  of the Canção Nova Community. He is the pastor of Holy Trinity Quincy, MA and is the editor of this blog. He is the author of several books, blogs and hundreds of videos all of which you may find on Youtube You can follow him on twitter as @frbobcarr and on Google plus as+FrRobertCarr, his website is Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook

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Mar 122017

1760 Trautmann Verklärung Christi anagoriaNever forget that we are in the saving souls business and the stakes are mighty high.


I often tell you that it is important to always keep in mind that just as Jesus gave all He could that you can be saved, so does the devil give all he can that you will be lost. Further, as with Jesus and your salvation, so it is with the devil and your perdition. Every soul is valuable, Jesus died so that each soul can be saved and the devil works to see each soul lost. The stakes are high.


We are indeed in the souls business and our side of it is in salvation. Our competitor who in time will be out of business is in the perdition side of this “business.” The stakes literally could not be higher. This is why Jesus has to suffer and die for the salvation of souls. I can fully explain to you the reason on a scientific level, but that would take more time than I have here.


St. Maximus the Confessor teaches that Jesus’ tortuous death on the cross was actually the devil doing everything he could to get Jesus to not love, not even hate, but not love for so much as a nanosecond. If he succeeded, then we would be lost. So, what we actually see in the Crucifixion is a powerful spiritual battle that plays itself out in the material world where the stakes are the highest they ever have been.


This is the reason for the Transfiguration. Pope St. John Paul II taught that the Transfiguration was Jesus’ way of readying the chosen apostles for this battle. He was showing them the truth of his being and the future of their being. This was the strengthen them for the battle that was to come that would leave them completely broken down and their hopes dashed to the wall. Why? Because they will expect none of this.


Who are the three apostles: Peter, the first pope, James, the first apostle martyr and John the only one who did not run away. All three need this experience that they do not lose hope, for they will become involved in and witnesses to the pinnacle of the battle for souls and will need every bit of their strength to not abandon the mission.


Never forget this mission ourselves. Many look upon the Church as falling apart and they say that Church is losing a losing battle. However, if you study your faith, you will realize the opposite is true. We are presently in a modern day battle for souls, the current stage is between those who accept the wisdom of God and those who accept the wisdom of the world. There are more of the latter than the former, but Jesus said that would happen. We not only have to make the choice daily, we are on a mission to others about that same choice. The battle continues, as St. Paul teaches and you and are are in the midst of it.


The Transfiguration is there for a reason, to remind us of where we are going, who we truly are and to where Jesus is calling us. Never forget that lesson, so that when things go wrong you can stand fast and continue to point to the one who is leading us to Heaven.


For remember how I began this homily, never forget that we are in the saving souls business and the stakes are mighty high.

God bless you,

Fr.Robert J Carr

Fr. Carr is member of the Segundo Elo  of the Canção Nova Community. He is the pastor of Holy Trinity Quincy, MA and is the editor of this blog. He is the author of several books, blogs and hundreds of videos all of which you may find on Youtube You can follow him on twitter as @frbobcarr and on Google plus as+FrRobertCarr, his website is Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook

 Posted by at 10:49
Mar 052017

March5In today’s first reading, we see the story of the temptation in the Garden. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI reminds us that Genesis is not a mechanistic account of the of the creation of the world. Pope Pius XII however reminds us that since this account is in the Bible of all the creation accounts, then it is significant in its words to us from the grace of the Holy Spirit.


This is one of the reasons we have to be careful of dismissing Genesis as a simple story or taking it too literally, because then we will read it superficially. Instead, by truly understanding what it means beyond the literal we read, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, a profound teaching that explains everything going on around us. This is especially true in the twenty-first century.


So let us look at what is happening here.


First, you need to understand that although the devil is called the father of lies, that is not fully correct. He delivers on every promise. If you bought the devil’s promise and found yourself in great pains and struggle, he would show you how everything you obtained from him was exactly what he promised, to the letter. When you looked around at your misery, then you would realize that you unknowingly agreed to this.


St. Alphonsus Liguori, for example, teaches that people need to understand that when we pursue pleasure, it will always be followed by pain. He also cites that most people do not recognize this connection. The devil promises and delivers pleasure, but pain will also come, sometimes in disastrous ways and that was part of the deal but the devil leaves that part out.  


So what is the promise here in Genesis? “You will be like gods.” That sounds like a plan. We can be like gods and live like them etc. All we have to do is disobey God and then we will be like gods ourselves. That is the promise that he will deliver. Trust me, he will deliver on that promise.


Friedrich Nietzsche when he declared that God is dead, also declared by default that we are now the gods of the world. So again, here is the issue: reject God, show Him no obedience and then the promise is that you will now become like gods. Here is where it goes wrong. Take that to where the devil wants it and you will find yourself in a world where everyone is vying to be the god in charge. The only result of this is total chaos. Not everyone can be God the father, there will be those who will rule over others and there will be a  constant fight over who is in charge, if we eliminate God from our world and decide we are all gods. This causes division and destruction. St. James warns us that this is where wars come from people giving into their own passions and then fighting destructively to get their world their way.


When everyone decides he or she is god, then we have billions of divinities all fighting one another for their vision of the world. But can we complain? No because that is the fruit of believing the devil’s promises.


The Lord calls us to humble obedience because He is God and literally calls us to become gods with him in eternal life. His promise is that we share his divinity in a community where we worship Him and obey him in service to God and one another. That leads us to true peace and happiness. We do that by humbly recognizing who is the true God and allow Him to form us in his divine ways and actually divinize us which means to make us divine. That is a common teaching of the church. The devil will say, oh no, you are like gods so act this way and that means not humbly being obedient to the true god, but forcefully subjecting others to our will.


No where is this more obvious than in the Eucharist. Approach the Eucharist humbly and you will encounter divine wisdom. Pridefully approach the Eucharist in arrogant defiance of God, and you will be hardened of heart and void of grace. Have I met such people, yes, and their hardened hearts show their inability to be touched by grace,  but they will use their own arguments to prove to you that they are right and those arguments are their downfall. This is why any time you approach the Eucharist it is important to do so humbly and in a state of grace, never arrogantly in a state of obstinacy. The latter will make you blind to God’s grace and will condemn you with it. The former will make you a vessel of grace and will lift you to know the divine..


What do those arguments look like?  They can be seen in the gospel story of the temptation. Notice this is a battle of arguments. The devil tempts Jesus with an argument of why He should give in to the temptation, and Jesus responds with a greater wisdom that shows the problem with the devil’s argument. Do not miss the point that without access to greater wisdom, we can easily fall prey to these arguments.


What is the first quality of the truly divine, the mind of God. It is this wisdom that grows within us when we are obedient to the father. When we reject the authority of God then we lose the divine wisdom that goes with it and as St Paul warns us that we can then fall prey to every specious argument around us which he describes as “empty, seductive philosophy according to human tradition, according to the elemental powers of the world and not according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

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This is precisely why our nation (USA) is divided like it is. Elements in our country have embraced the worldly wisdom and cut themselves off from divine wisdom. Now the division is between people who believe their side is wiser than the other and vice versa. What is the result? A lot of crazy talk that is turning people against each other because so many have rejected the source of true wisdom which is in humble obedience to the living God.


Neither side of this division by the way will lead our nation forward as long as the members of each side reject the wisdom of God. The only way to know God’s wisdom is to humbly embrace it, there is no other option.


So what remains? People teaching you to live and think the way they want you to live and think and if you say that this has no common sense element in it, then they harass you to believe as they believe. Why? Because that is the end result of embracing the devil’s promises.


We are following the exact road map of those who choose to reject God and to be their own gods.


This is why, it is essential that we choose to follow not the promises of the devil, but more importantly, to be humble to the wisdom of God.  


Wellington Jardim, also known as Eto, one of the co-founders of Canção Nova wonders whether the world is the way it is because we Catholics have not lived our testimony, we have not been the salt of the Earth and the light of the world. That is a powerful question because, we have a calling to live a wisdom that is at a higher level than that which the world offers. We can only live that wisdom if we seek it in humble obedience to Christ. However, if we do that, then we can see the world differently than those who reject God. We can see through the mind of Christ and we can see the path that a world that rejects Christ walks upon, especially here in the United States, only leads to greater and greater division.


This is the week to choose to whom shall we go? The devil who delivers on every one of his promises or the Christ who leads us to a wisdom that leads us to become gods, not like them.

God bless you,

Fr. Robert J Carr

Fr. Carr is member of the Segundo Elo  of the Canção Nova Community. He is the pastor of Holy Trinity Quincy, MA and is the editor of this blog. He is the author of several books, blogs and hundreds of videos all of which you may find on Youtube You can follow him on twitter as @frbobcarr and on Google plus as+FrRobertCarr, his website is Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook

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Feb 122017

Adding Grace to the Law of GodOne of the great teachings of St. Paul is that the days of the Jewish Law are gone. Prior to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Jews followed the law and their faithfulness to the law was their measurement of closeness to God.


This was the great dispute between the pharisees and Jesus. They would cite the law and Jesus would show that their faithfulness was essentially heartless. So the pharisees complained that according to the law, Jesus’ healing of a sick person was forbidden. Jesus cited compassion in fulfilling the law and said that a heartless version of it was actually what was forbidden.


In an ironic twist, the heartless version of the law was used to execute Jesus, but that action also destroyed heartlessness in all its forms.


Always keep in mind that the devil is the most legalistic of creatures. He is the heartless version of the law and if you want to see the Devil at work, look at where the law of God is enforced to the letter without heart.


With the death and resurrection of Jesus and the descent of the Holy Spirit, the law is written on our hearts. What this means is that a new version of the law is brought to us, but this version is everything the old version is, at its foundation, but then God’s grace builds upon it.


Therefore, all sinners are condemned by the old law and no one is saved. However, with Jesus’ death and resurrection, sinners are still condemned by the law but the compassionate judge offers forgiveness to those who repent and seek him. So they are guilty, but the punishment is waived. No law can undermine that reality.


A great teaching of the saints is that the law in all its fierce force falls upon the unrepentant, obstinate sinner. But God’s mercy and friendship embraces the repentant and sorrowful sinner.


The person who seeks to love God and finds his sinfulness is in the way, but still tries, will experience the fullness of God’s love. The one who embraces him or herself as their own god will experience the fullness of God’s wrath in the letter of the law, because the person rejects God’s authority and, therefore, his/her place in His Kingdom.


This brings us to today’s Gospel, where we see the letter of the law and the compassion built upon it.


Here is where it hits us directly. At a recent parish meeting,  it was brought up how in the old days there was the image of God as the deity you feared. My father also used to talk about this. I always describe this as the holographic Wizard of Oz from the movie, this angry demanding god who demanded total obedience and extreme punishment for disobedience. This figure is more closely tied to the demonic than to reality. But Jesus makes it clear that every law is still on the books so what is the difference and how does that difference play itself out in our life today.


Let’s take the law on marriage. You may remember or have heard of the old days when the priest would scream from the altar to married couples, you stay together. He was speaking the law and the law of marriage in the Church is that couples must stay together in good times and in bad, etc.


Now outside the Church in the world around us you have people saying the opposite, that if you want to leave a marriage for whatever reason, you can but that is not Church teaching, except as Jesus says, special cases. So now we live in a time where there is divorce in society and people are calling the Catholic Church to be open to it. First, what the Church forbids is divorce and remarriage because a civil marriage is not sacramental. So in the Church’s eyes a person is married to person A sacramentally and married civilly to person B. In the Church’s perspective that would be like being married to person A in Massachusetts and person B in Canada.


But what is it in light of what Jesus says. Is there a difference? Yes, there is. This is why the sacramental marriage over the civil marriage is so important.


In a Sacramental marriage if we do not understand it we will hear the old time priest saying “You stay together, no matter what!!” But the way it is supposed to work is when that does not seem possible then we understand that the sacrament is a covenant with the bride and groom and the Lord. If difficult times come, they must go to the Lord and say to Him “Hey Lord you are part of this covenant, you need to make it work, because right now it ain’t.”


By the way, difficult times will come because they are in every marriage.


You see the difference? It is not: “This is the rule.” It is also not: “The rule does not apply anymore.” It is “This is the rule, but it is a covenant with You, Oh Lord, and now we speak to you and ask your intervention in our struggle.” In time you will see that prayer answered, especially if both parties in the married couple pray together.


Remember, because it is a sacramental marriage, it is part of the witness and part of the mission of the Church. As it is part of the mission, it is not something that God says “Do this or else.”


It is where God says, “we are all in this together let’s build up this marriage and, if need be, fix what needs to be fixed; heal what needs to be healed.” This is what Jesus is talking about.


It is to take the rule and add Christ to it. That is the essential part. In a civil marriage or two people living together, that dimension does not exist.


This is also why the Church has its rule of restricting communion for the civilly married including the divorced and civilly remarried, it is not only part of the witness, but it is a call  to get the people to bring this issue to the Lord and demand that he fix what needs to be fixed in their marriage so that they can experience the full communion with Christ and His Church.

Fr. Carr is member of the Segundo Elo  of the Canção Nova Community. He is the pastor of Holy Trinity Quincy, MA and is the editor of this blog. He is the author of several books, blogs and hundreds of videos all of which you may find on Youtube You can follow him on twitter as @frbobcarr and on Google plus as+FrRobertCarr, his website is Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook

 Posted by at 01:01
Jan 222017

Untitled designI want you to imagine today’s Gospel, when Jesus calls Simon and Andrew to follow Him. There is something important to see here and in order to see it well, you need to forget everything you know about Jesus. Just focus on this moment.


So, you see Jesus call the two fisherman away from their nets. Now we understand that this was not an instantaneous decision as it appears, it was something that happened, but clearly they gave some thought, maybe even were approached by Jesus several times. Maybe they heard him speak by the shore. Maybe they talked to Him first asking what He is about. But ultimately, we get to this very point: when he calls the two men, they drop everything and follow him. They change their life occupation. It is most likely, they had been fishermen from the time they were in single digits in age. They dropped everything to follow Jesus.


This particular movement changed their lives forever. However, it also changed ours and that is why it is important to study it. What do you see in this movement? People who changed careers or something deeper. If you look carefully, you see in this one movement something that is literally radical. Radical means to change from the roots up. It is the seeds of a revolution.


If you really look closely at the actions of Jesus, He begins a powerful revolution. As with all revolutions the issue is power and who is in charge, but notice, this is not a political revolution. He never called for any form of attack against the Romans. Indeed, he advocated paying the Romans their due. Neither did St. Paul. He commanded for people to be obedient to civil authority. His revolution is one that does not change governments, but changes hearts one at a time.


It is a spiritual revolution and believe it or not, the spiritual revolution is the most powerful because it is the spiritual that is the source of action. It is the spiritual that changes hearts.


You may have noticed that I never said anything about which candidate you should vote for during the election and I never tell you who I vote for because there is no need. Do not mix the Gospel with politics, it waters it down and politicizes it.


I listened for several months to those who are happy and those who are upset by the results of the election. I even heard from a Brazilian priest friend of mine in Brazil who has complained about the results of the US election.


Put no trust in princes. Jesus’ revolution is one that has as its goal the destruction of those spiritual forces that destroy people physically, emotionally and spiritually and you are part of that revolution. Like the Apostles whom Jesus called in today’s gospel. You were called at your baptism and later at your Confirmation to be part of that revolution. Your tools are simple, living your faith.


I told you that there is billions spent working to get you to reject the Catholic Church, because many in the secular world realize the consequences of you leaving your faith. When you do, they gain power and the spiritual forces behind them gain power, even though the people are not aware of it. The major issue is for a human control of life through the flowering of the abortion and cloning industries. These groups see the Church as an obstancle to billions in research grant money and eventually profits for these and future industries to say nothing of the umbrella movement of eugenics that spawned them.


Many years ago when I was at the Cathedral and we were being harassed in a soviet era style protests backed by at least one of our local universities. It would appear that we were fighting back against the protesters. We actually were not. We were actually fighting against the spirituality behind them: by the way that is a tactic explained in the works of Walter Wink’s engaging the powers series.


What are the powers that we are fighting today? The Russians? No! The opposing political party, regardless of how we define it? No. We are fighting the same spiritual forces that Jesus fought in his time, the demonic forces that most people dismiss that manifest themselves in leading people to reject Christ, dismiss the devil and walk down a path of ignorance into destruction. They result is a severe opioid crisis, lack of understanding of the meaning of the human, lack of hope, abundance of anger, hatred and manipulation, the exaltation of the human over the divine, the rejection of divine wisdom, the harvesting and selling of aborted fetal tissue and more.


We are living division in our country because people took up a revolution against God and fought back demanding their will be done. The result is a divided country with no common base: Demanding things like a hundred days of resistance, attacking people for embracing the democratic process, for meeting with our current president, passing laws that demand a whole new definition of the human being and unwittingly walking down a path that Christians have been warning for at least a decade is mapped out in Romans 1: Rejecting God, moral breakdown, followed by civil breakdown. You are called since your baptism to be the counterforce: our weapon is nothing more than being people of prayer and living the Gospel of Christ, which by the way is non-violent. Those tools are the most powerful tools of the most powerful revolution. That one that changed the world beginning with a man telling two fisherman to follow him.


The election is over, the current president is in power, but the future of our country lies not in his office, or congress or in the supreme court, it lies in the hearts of the baptized who choose to live the call Jesus gave to each and everyone of us personally and as a Catholic community. To hear his word and to proclaim his faith through the lives we lead to the praise and glory of God the Father.

God bless you,

Fr. Robert J Carr

Fr. Carr is member of the Segundo Elo  of the Canção Nova Community. He is the pastor of Holy Trinity Quincy, MA and is the editor of this blog. He is the author of several books, blogs and hundreds of videos all of which you may find on Youtube You can follow him on twitter as @frbobcarr and on Google plus as+FrRobertCarr, his website is Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook


 Posted by at 01:01
Jan 012017

E=MCRecently an interesting movie came out which I liked so much, I recommended it to Confirmation students. It is Interstellar. The theme of the movie is Einstein’s theory of relativity. Putting it simply, it dramatizes that time is relative. The velocity of time is not the same in same in relation to speed and mass. So time passes quicker on Earth than it does off the planet. In other words, when we are talking about time, we are talking about it specifically as we experience it, because, in other places in the universe time moves differently than here.


In the movie, Interstellar, four days for one person becomes over one hundred years for another, yet each person experiences the respective time they thought they were experiencing: four days or one hundred years.


It is a fascinating study in the relativity of time. God himself cites it through the prophets when he teaches for Him a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day. Time, once we go beyond our personal experiences here on Earth is relative.


If we understand this fact, we can understand the reason for our faith.


In today’s second reading, St. Paul teaches that Jesus came at the fullness of time. That is a key phrase.


Jesus came when it was his time and not before. So he did not come during the life of Adam and Eve or any of the Old Testament prophets for it was not His time. However, when He did come, it was the fullness of time. If we understand this ourselves, it should indicate why we as Catholics believe in evolution. Evolution is about one thing, the passing of time and the changes in the world through it. Atheists believe in random biological evolution. Everything evolves as the result of a series of accidents. We as Catholics do not believe this, we believe that somehow God’s hand had a part in leading creation. Bible literalists believe that there is no such thing as evolution. They are afraid of it because they believe that if it can be proved that the Earth was not created by God in six days, then the entire Bible is false.


We do not believe this at all. Evidence clearly shows that there is evolution of some type, certainly not random evolution. It may be intelligent design, but that makes God like a watchmaker, and He is much bigger than that. Intelligent design is a form of reverse engineering to find God. But God is found in so many other ways.


What does this all have to do with you? Everything.


Let me ask you if you believe that you are time travellers? You are you know. I know, you think time travelers as people who live in one century and then suddenly find themselves in another. That is not what you are, except for those who us who lived through Y2K. But you are born in one time and you die in another and throughout your whole life you live through time.


When I do a funeral of those in their 90’s or more, I remind the mourners that this person lived in one culture and died in another. Such a person would have been born when telephones were rudimentary radio was new, television was unknown, movies were silent and cars were just coming into their own.  Imagine that scenario: everything we experience as normal was beyond the imagination most of the years of his or her life.


Many of the youth here may not understand that we lived during a time when seatbelts were optional. People taught us that it is a good thing to have them installed in your car because cars back then did not come with seatbelts, remember? Speaking of cars, Captain James Lovell, who commanded Apollo 13 teaches that there is more computer power in your car that was on the entire Apollo 13 spacecraft.


You are actually traveling through time, that is what we call life. You will come to a point when you will live outside of time in eternity, but currently you are traveling through time. You are time travelers.


So what does this mean to all of you. Our Catholic faith is about living, learning and knowing the timeless. Our mission is to testify to timeless truths of the wisdom of Christ to a world that needs to hear them. This is what it means to live the Catholic faith. This is the reason for our morality, it is not so that we can earn our way to Heaven, it is so that we can testify to a truth that cannot be learned by those who don’t understand who we are as humans. We evolve spiritually when we choose the way, the truth and the light toward our final destination laid out for us by Christ.


Jesus came to teach us an eternal wisdom that runs behind the scenes of the lives of everyone living through time. You can either embrace it to experience life or reject it to your own peril, but this wisdom is what we have a calling to know and to live and preach. It is why Jesus is the word of God, why He is the wisdom of God. You and I testify to Him.


You heard this year that some people tried to stage a coup of our Church because they determined that truths to which we testify did not match their concept of the way the world should be. These people are lost in a world of their own making.


Some will say we have to be good so that we go to Heaven and not to Hell. Actually our living our Catholic faith is not about us going to Heaven as much as us leading others not to go to Hell. That is what we do and why we do it. Why, because the next level of time is when Jesus returns to lead those who have pursued this wisdom to His Kingdom of wisdom. Those who reject His wisdom are excluded, but our role is to testify to His wisdom so that won’t happen.


We testify to timeless truths in a world traveling through time. This is why I can read the words of St. Maximus the Confessor from the seventh century and St. Paul from the first because both speak of timeless truths that remain constant in a world passing through time. Just as Einstein’s theory of relativity can explain that time is relative, but the principle of his teaching is a timeless constant.


Equally, the timeless truths remain constant and Christ called each of us to testify to learn them and to testify to them. When we reject the reality of Christ, we also reject these timeless truths and get lost in false understandings of who we truly are.


We are entering a new year and unlike the previous ones especially the presidential inauguration years, this one has great division within it. But our hope is in the timeless reality of Christ. Those who recognize this hope will grow in Christ, those who do not will get lost in the world of division. But our role is to testify to a greater reality than one finds being taught in our world today. A reality you do not learn in a classroom, one that is found in living the wisdom of Christ as we hear Him everyday.

A Blessed2017 to all

Fr. Robert J Carr

Fr. Carr is member of the Segundo Elo  of the Canção Nova Community. He is the pastor of Holy Trinity Quincy, MA and is the editor of this blog. He is the author of several books, blogs and hundreds of videos all of which you may find on Youtube You can follow him on twitter as @frbobcarr and on Google plus as+FrRobertCarr, his website is Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook

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