What does it take for you to change your mind about something – something important? What kind of evidence do you require? In this Sunday’s gospel, the Lord has something to say about the evidence which people may consider and find persuasive in evaluating himself and his own claim to have been sent by the Father for the salvation of the world. And here he is does not point to his “mighty works,” or to the manifold ways in which he fulfills the Scriptural expectations of promised Messiah, or to some other kind of historical evidence. Instead he points to us, to you and me and the entire company of the faithful. It is the character of our lives – or rather, our life together – that will constitute persuasive evidence of the truth of the Gospel for unbelievers. Jesus prays for the Church that will come to be through the witness of the Apostles “that they may all be one… so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” We in the Ordinariates are engaged then an evangelistic work; we are called to be witnesses to unity. The Ordinariates are, as Bishop Lopes has said, “ecumenism on the front row!” This is a reminder for us that we have not been called to build our own comfortable but walled off liturgical ghetto, but an open and inclusive (much abused word) community in which the Gospel is not only proclaimed in our words but made visible by our lives – in active sympathy and compassion for one another, and in peaceful and happy obedience to the Catholic faith.
Our Lady is the perfect model of this peaceful and happy obedience to the Lord’s word. This Sunday we make our “May Devotion” to our Blessed Mother. The children will present flowers on her Altar at the conclusion of Mass as we sing the Regina Cæli together.
Faithfully in Christ,
Fr Patrick Allen
Corpus Christi Catholic Community
A community of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in Charleston, South Carolina