Prayer: The Catholic Response
By Fr. Robert J. Carr
©Catholic Online 2004
The Catholics Fight Back!!
Topic: Living Christ
The first reading is one that is poignant for today. We see that the battle was won not so much through human effort, but the upraised hands of Moses. It was a reminder to Moses and to us today that the source of all strength, wisdom and life are in God and God alone.
GOD AT WAR?
We have a battle of two tribes, the Jews and the tribe of Amalek. Today in our modern world we may be shocked to see God taking a side in a battle. Scenes such as this lead people away from faith. They say that God could not possibly be a warrior God. Well, the fact is it is not that God is at war it is that there is a war against God.
Let us remember whom Moses represents, he represents the wisdom of the Almighty leading people into a freedom. It was a political freedom prior to the death and resurrection of Jesus and the New Covenant. It became the freedom of the fullness of Human existence through Jesus' sacrifice. Moses is fighting a people who do not accept the authority of God and, therefore, they do not accept Divine Wisdom. They are people who follow a road that ultimately leads to slavery. It may even have many elements of freedom, but not the fullness, which the Jews follow. Moses knew to submit or even mix with these people would be to submit and mix with a false freedom and wisdom that would have led to not more freedom but less for all concerned. That is what is one the line. It is the freedom beyond the imagination of the tribe of Amalek and the freedom in the heart of Moses through his relationship with God. It is with this reality behind the scenes that the war happens.
People who do not understand that and see this superficially as only one warring people against another do not comprehend this passage at all. You may also say this is why the Jews of today will not be so quick to make peace with the Arabs, if it involves watering down the wisdom of Moses. If you do not understand that, you do not understand that element of political battles in the world. Peace at all costs has never been a Jewish nor Christian tenet.
THE WAR AGAINST CATHOLICS
We need to take that same battle to our situation today. Whether you like it or not, we are at war and our war like that of Moses against Amalek is one not of politics, but of truth. Let no one kid you, there is an intense war against Catholics in this country and specifically in this state. Our future as a nation of freedom or one of slavery and injustice will depend on the outcome of this war. In order to understand how we fight in this conflict, we need to look more deeply at the issues in the battle. We can see them quite well in the election.
Now, you know that I am forbidden to lean you towards one side of the election or the other and that there are spies in churches to make sure that priests and ministers follow that law. I am sure there is at least one here. Yet, if we look closely at the battle we can see the sides play out in the election but the election will not settle the war for the fight is not Senator John Kerry versus President Bush, it is not Democrat versus Republican, Liberal versus Conservative, Socialist versus Capitalist. It is Science based Materialsim versus Faith. The very war that began five hundred years ago with the Copernican Revolution is now coming to a climax here in Boston in the Capital City of Universities according to the New York Times and you are on one side of the battle. This is why we have protesters outside our Cathedral, whether they realize it or not. This is what Voice of the Faithful is about, and this is what the occupying of Churches is all about. This is also the real issue in the election.
You and I are at war. One of the generals of this war just died. Just prior to his fiftieth birthday he blamed the Catholic Church among others for his inability to reach his goal which was to walk on that day. It was his dream and his passion and understandably so. He was extremely angry at Catholics because we stand in the way of embryonic stem cell research and cloning. His goal was to build a science only ethic in this country so that some day he could walk. Walking was without question a laudable goal, but the ends do not justify the means. This is really the issue behind the election. It is not Iraq, it is not the economy; it is faith versus science. You and I are the enemy to the science only ethic people, their friends in government and their investors who surround us, plain and simple.
Yet, as in any war we need to look at it and see how we fight it and why. What ultimately is our goal? First understand if we lose, everybody loses in the same way that if the Jews lost against Amalek the truths of God would be lost to rampant paganism, human sacrifice and later the immorality ...
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