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Couples for Christ Choir
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10:30 AMEnglish,
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Tuesday7:00 PMItalian,
Devotion to Padre Pio
Wednesday7:00 PMEnglish,
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St. Norbert - 60 Maniza Rd. 416-393-5309
St. Robert  - 70 Bainbridge Avenue 416-393-5297
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Madonna   - 20 Dubray Avenue 416-393-5506

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(Lunch break 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM)
100 Regent Road
North York, Ontario M3K 1H3
Phone: 416-636-0213
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for Sunday, August 23, 2009

"To whom shall we go: You alone have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are now convinced that you are God's holy one." So the Apostles said to Jesus.

Moving words indeed, but all the more moving if we see what proceeds them. The grumbling and carping of the Pharisees who said: No one in their right mind could believe in this. What they were talking about was Jesus teaching on the Eucharist. But I think that in a way they were summing up and making a judgement on Jesus whole life and teaching.

It is Jesus who questions the Disciples and asks them if they are going to leave him too and we hear their memorable reply.

The Catholic Faith is the faith of the Apostles and the answer we Catholics give to Jesus question is exactly the same as that given by the Apostles.

It seems to me that in the western world, especially in the protestant countries, there are two clear types of church-goer: Fundamentalist and Liberal.

We all see and hear the Fundamentalist Evangelists on TV who take a very narrow and literal interpretation of the Bible. It seems to me that their main concern is to divorce their faith from the world, to separate it from anything real.

The other group is an "anything goes" type of Christianity. A version of Christianity which in the name of tolerance permits abortion, divorce and a great many other negative aspects of our society. It seems to me that their effort is to accommodate Christianity to the norms and fashions of Society.

The Catholic Church, although it contains elements of these two extremes of Christianity, steers a different course. What we are interested in is the person of Jesus, what he said and did. We take his words as true for all time and see in his actions the example we must follow.

And we are interested in the Apostles. We look to them as the first group of Christians trained by the Lord himself and mandated by him to be the authentic interpreters of his teaching. And we believe that our Bishops are their direct successors and are also so mandated by Christ.

This gives our Church a great strength; we say in the creed that we believe in the one, true, catholic, and apostolic church. And we believe in each one of those words with equal weight.

So how are we to live in our society, from what are we to take guidance. I say simply this: Live as an Apostle of Christ. Read the Gospels, see what Christ said and did, and how the Apostles lived and then live like that. You can do no more.

There are a lot of grumblers around. There are a lot of people who say just as those Pharisees did: Who can believe in this nonsense. They challenge your faith, whether in your work-place, or socially or at school. But look at the Apostles in today’s Gospel reading, what did they do in response to the critics of Jesus. They said nothing in reply, they just carried on believing.

And, you know, that is the greatest witness of all. Not responding to the critics. Letting them go on all they like and then just saying nothing but continuing to do what you have always done, going to mass regularly, saying your prayers each day, and trying to live life like an Apostle of Christ.

They will get the message. Do you know that probably the greatest act of witness that you give this week is coming to mass today. Your neighbours may not talk to you, but they know exactly where you are now.

While I was reading this Gospel passage and giving careful attention to the words being used, I noticed that in response to Jesus question: Do you want to leave me too? The Apostles gave a roundabout reply, they did not say: No, of course we won't leave you; but: To whom shall we go.

This is very interesting, because I think that a lot of us feel exactly like that. We are Christians, we are Catholics and when at times we wonder about our faith and our commitment to Jesus we find it hard to give a whole-hearted enthusiastic affirmative Yes to our faith.

We are more like the Apostles and say There is no where else for us to be. There is no where quite so satisfying, there is no other Church which has a claim on the truth like the Catholic Church, there is no other Church which offers us a spirituality like this one, there is no other faith which challenges us to the core quite like this one.

Maybe that is the key for us, the hallmark of the Catholic faith, faith in Jesus Christ and the fullness of his message, is that it challenges us to the core of our being. It challenges us to live a life of truth, a life of prayer, a life of justice, a life in harmony with Jesus Christ himself.

It challenges us, if we but recognise it, with the Cross. That is what causes the hesitation and the nervousness, but we need not be afraid to follow the path our Saviour walked.

Maybe we are well on in that journey already and recognise that it is perhaps at times a hard journey but it is the most rewarding journey that any human being could ever undertake for Christ himself is our companion on the way.

We can truly say: where else can we go, we have already gone so far with you Lord, that we know no other kind of life, nothing else will satisfy us. For we have glimpsed eternity and know that nothing else will do.

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Homily from Father Alex McAllister SDS - RC Church of Christ the King


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