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18th Apr 2020

A world without Truth is a dangerous one (Easter Saturday)

Saturday, April 18th, 2020

Truth. Obviously a world removed from truth is an extremely dangerous one - where the basis of our decisions is not reality, but rather convenient fantasies. The humiliating murder of Christ, centuries of atheistic ideology, and the horrors suffered by innocents today show how human dignity is devoured when truth is abandoned. Having personally and perfectly suffered the effects of this, Jesus in his first words to the apostles understandably commissions them to be emissaries and guardians of truth: a mission Christ holds every Christian to, to this day. ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation.’, Jesus commands today.  

Obviously not everyone in the Church is doing this so well. Even the apostles, those who knew and were taught by Jesus for three years, did not believe! She then went to those who had been his companions, and who were mourning and in tears, and told them. But they did not believe her when they heard her say that he was alive and that she had seen him. All of us are fallen, so it is not surprising to find Christians who are too, even gravely so. But it is always more scandalous when any Christian has been found to be at the service of hidden lies and dark secrets. Such acts on our part greatly anger Jesus: He reproached them for their incredulity and obstinacy, because they had refused to believe. And rightly so. 

Yet following the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the apostles are not so doubtful or cowardly - even when warned by the authorities not to tell the truth: So they called them in and gave them a warning on no account to make statements or to teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John retorted, ‘You must judge whether in God’s eyes it is right to listen to you and not to God. We cannot promise to stop proclaiming what we have seen and heard.’ To the extent we don't abandon ourselves to the gift of the Holy Spirit, we will always find it harder to tell the truth. That's our solemn duty as Christians: to beg the Holy Spirit to convert and transform us daily, to remove the evil within us, so that despite our weakness, we are overcome by his fire and light and ever increasingly radiate Divine and immovable truth, beauty, goodness and love in all we do.

And praying daily to the Holy Spirit really works. How was Pope St John Paul II such an effective mover of hearts and of history? From the time I was little, I learned to pray to the Holy Spirit. When I was 11, I was feeling sad because I was having a lot of trouble with math. My dad showed me in a little book the hymn “Veni Creator Spiritus,” and he told me, “Pray this and you’ll see that He’ll help you to understand.” I’ve been praying this hymn every day for more than 40 years, and I’ve seen how much the Divine Spirit helps us.

This is helpful for us who are locked down at home: for there are no locks to the Holy Spirit! And we need to repent and convert: the whole Church on earth too. In these days leading up to Pentecost, and for the rest of our life, let us choose some way of abandoning ourselves and our day to the work and will of the Holy Spirit, so that we might ever more radiate the life-giving truth which underpins all being.

Let us pray:

O God, who by the abundance of your grace

give increase to the peoples who believe in you,

look with favour on those you have chosen

and clothe with blessed immortality

those reborn through the Sacrament of Baptism.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

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About the Podcast

The Furnace
The Furnace is a free brief daily homily podcast by a priest of the Emmanuel Community for the Archdiocese of Sydney. The aim of the podcast is to proclaim the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the "glowing furnace of love" (St Gertrude the Great).
Why The Furnace? Quite simply because most people in Australia, and the
world, can no longer get to Mass, or even into a church. The point of these
podcasts is to bring people a share of the Mass in the Word of God and prayer.
But why the name? Because the Heart of Jesus is a “Furnace of love”. This
is how St Gertrude the Great describes it. As she prays:

O Sacred Heart of Jesus,
fountain of eternal life,
Your Heart is a glowing furnace of Love.
You are my refuge and my sanctuary.
O my adorable and loving Saviour,
consume my heart with the burning fire
with which Yours is aflamed.
Pour down on my soul those graces
which flow from Your love.
Let my heart be united with Yours.
Let my will be conformed to Yours in all things.
May Your Will be the rule of all my desires and actions.

The point of these homilies is first of all to share this with everyone - to
share the love of God’s heart with every human heart. There is nothing original
about that. This is, basically, all priests are ever trying to do. And it’s the only
real point of the Catholic Church: invented by Christ to share Christ, starting
from his pierced heart on the cross on Good Friday. It’s only fitting that at this
time each of us are being refitted with slightly larger crosses that our creator
comes to meet us from the cross with his own heart pierced and broken.

There is so much I could say about the Heart of Jesus - but I would have
to go on forever, because his Heart is infinite. So I’ll finish with the invitation of
another of the great saints of the Sacred Heart, St Claude la Colombiere:
May the Heart of Jesus Christ be our school! Let us make our abode there . . .

Let us study its movements and attempt to conform ours to them.
My friends, lets enter Jesus’ heart together.

It’s not just me recording it, or just you listening to a recording.

I rely on your prayers, and as I write and talk I am praying for each of you. And
in any case, there is no such thing as a Christian doing something by themselves:
like the Trinity, where one is, the others are. So let’s enter together, for Jesus is
standing in front of us now, with his heart wide open, to enter and experience
his love, his healing, his teaching, authentic freedom - and eternal life with him.