Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

There is a temptation to understand our Christian life like a system.  The fact that we would spontaneously associate holiness with hierarchy is a sign of that.  If I do all the things I’m supposed to do – or at least the basic ones – I’ll be ok.  We spontaneously suppose that those who have engaged their lives in the church system become holy or holier by that fact.  Those of us who have never sinned, I suppose, have the right to be scandalized by the crimes church leaders commit.  Those of us who have sinned, and are willing to recall that fact when we learn about crimes committed by others, have a right to be sad, hurt, confused, upset, etc.  The method or system is not working, it has produced bad fruit, it needs to be reformed, etc. read more