By Fr. Robert J. Carr
©Catholic Online 2004
The following was not delivered as a homily. It is a parable offered as are all parables, to help build your relationship with Christ.
Once upon a time, there was a great and wonderful land. One could see for miles and miles nothing but fruitful fertile fields, clean babbling brooks, lakes filled with fish some jumping in the air. Some said the land was endless. That was except in the East. There one could travel only so far for it seemed the entire Eastern Part of the land was marked by a tall and flat butte.
The wall of flat rock rose to what seemed like three hundred feet to make a small ridge no more than one foot wide. The base of the rock where all the roads of the land converged boasted a great temple where the priests of the land lived. They were the ones chosen to speak for the sole God of the people. The people you see had evolved over time to the point where they realized there was only one God and not many deities as had been believed by their ancestors. This God they recognized as a benevolent Father. Yet being God, he was never seen. People talked of miracles at his hands, they talked of faith in the living God and they celebrated with joy his very truth.
The land had several rules of good civil behavior, but one rule some visitors found strange. It was forbidden to climb the butte and even more forbidden to cross over it. If anyone failed to obey this rule, then the city would be destroyed. Well, so the priests taught that the Deity had said. This was a rule that was one of several handed down by the Deity or so tradition taught. No one ever questioned the rule.
Yet, over several decades a school of thought started to arise that there was not any god. If there ever had been that he had died and that the race of people had evolved to the point that a god, real or imagined was no longer necessary. It was really the people of education that came to believe and teach that thought. One of these institutions of higher learning, a place called Harvestard, actually supported the teaching that only stupid people believed in God.
So it was that the educated people considered themselves too sophisticated to have any faith and so they taught that was the new way to be. “After all, we had evolved you know,” they would say.
They began to preach that there was no God, that humans were really the race of liberation and that they were the true gods. Needless to say, in this system people who taught in universities were the most godlike, at least so taught the people who taught in universities.
They labeled as foolishness talk of this Father God, calling it nothing more than superstition. Some of these revolutionaries were even members of the sacred order of priests. They turned on their brothers and joined the other side. These were called Payasos in their language. That translates to “Priests of Integrity.” Needless to say, integrity is something of which they had none.
The rebels created a group that they called “Grapadacas” which in their language means, ‘those who speak for the faithful’. They used Grapadacas to call others to their new rebellion. They began to find out bad things about the other priests the ones not called payasos and started to get the whole land against them. They learned of those priests who were not living up to their vows. They spread news of their sins. Then they used that news to make all priests look bad. All priests, except for the payasos, many of whom were far worse than any of the so called ‘bad priests’.
The Grapadacas claimed to be rebuilding the Church. However, they were not really seeking to purify the religion, only to destroy it. They wanted to silence the voice of those whom they considered superstitious. They came up with a devious plan to put all the priests in jail using a program supposedly designed to protect children. Yet, it was actually a program designed to use children to speak lies againt the priests and their supporters and then put them all in jail. The Grapadacas and the Payasos felt that once priests were out of the way they could lead the people to full liberation by taking them to the other side of the wall.
So the scandal began, one by one they silenced one priest, then another, then another until the only one left was the head priest, a holy man named Abiathar. He stood his ground and pleaded with the people not to climb, nor cross the butte.
Yet, rebel leaders would not listen. One of them, once a marshal in the city, a man named Gains, yelled to the people to follow him. He had become a professor of organizational revolution at one of the local schools of government. Indeed, he, working with others in that school and with the payasos, plotted and carried out the action to silence the priests and destroy the religion. This was, so he kept saying, that ...
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