Merry Christmas and Feast of St. Stephen, everyone!
So at the “Angelus” today, Antipope Bergoglio talked about how Jesus elevated “conscience” above “wordly religious powers:” HERE
“…the message of Jesus is discomforting, and discomforts us, because it challenges the worldly religious power and provokes consciences. After His coming, it is necessary for us to convert, to change our mentality, to reject thinking like before.”
Hmmm… does that remind you of anything? I wonder where he could be going with this. Oh that’s right; it’s that profound error of the Primacy of Conscience at the core (inter alia) of nuChruch, and the inevitability of Chapter Eight of Amoris Laetitia. Knock me over with a feather. “Reject that bad old thinking! Embrace the nu! Always forward! God of Surprises! Immutable laws don’t matter, man, that’s like so medieval, man. What’s most important is your feewings. Oh wo wo wo wo feewings.”
Next, he once again goes after the First Commandment. It’s one of his favroite themes.
“Jesus is our mediator, and He reconciles us not only with the Father, but also with one another. He is the fount of love, Who opens us to communion with our brothers, removing every conflict and resentment.”
Sweeeeet Emooooootionnnn. Aren’t you just welling up inside? The funny thing is, not only is this idea of Jesus “removing every conflict and resentment” totally contrary to the Gospel, it’s totally contrary to a direct quote from Jesus himself in the very Gospel passage that was read at today’s Novus Ordo Mass. So this “Angelus” was not just some random act of blasphemy, it was a direct refutation of the Creator of the Universe and Savior of the World. Today’s Gospel is Matthew 10:17-22:
“Beware of men. For they will deliver you up in councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues. And you shall be brought before governors, and before kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the Gentiles: But when they shall deliver you up, take no thought how or what to speak: for it shall be given you in that hour what to speak. For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father that speaketh in you. The brother also shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the son: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and shall put them to death. And you shall be hated by all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved.”
As for the logic of why these conflicts must be waged, Jesus makes it very simple a few verses later in Matt 10:25:
“It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the goodman of the house Beelzebub, how much more them of his household?”
Makes sense, right? Since Jesus’ enemies accused Jesus himself of being possessed by the devil (Mt 9:34, 12:24; Mk 3:22; Lk 11:15), then how much more should his disciples expect to be accused of even worse? Expect it, friends, because He expects you to expect it, and to endure it.
Then comes the conclusion in Matt 10:32-39, which includes the Non Veni Pacem passage:
“Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven. But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword. For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s enemies shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not up his cross, and followeth me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for me, shall find it.” Matt 32-39
It’s a sobering message, isn’t it? And it comes at a time of the year when we are all in the midst of family and friends with whom we are certainly “at variance” with. Jesus never promises us contentment in this world, because we are not of this world. Rather, he promises the opposite, with Heaven as the reward.
But hey, if your feewings aren’t up to it, go ahead and follow the likely False Prophet Forerunner of the Antichrist:
“He reconciles us not only with the Father, but also with one another. He is the fount of love, Who opens us to communion with our brothers, removing every conflict and resentment.”