Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Sunday Sermon, September 15th -- When We are Accused of Being Pharisees (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

Perhaps the most important figure of the parable of the prodigal son is the elder brother who begrudges the father's mercy and so closes himself off from the joy of the household. The elder brother is the judgmental and cold-hearted pharisee.

Many worldly people accuse Catholics of being pharisees for holding to the truth. Even within the Church, it happens that more conservative Catholics are unjustly called pharisees for staying true to the traditional teachings of the Church -- Pope Francis regularly accuses anyone who asks for clarity in teaching of being a pharisee.  This is painful, especially to be misunderstood and perhaps even attacked by our Holy Father.

However, God permits these sufferings and trials as a means of purification. Perhaps there are some ways in which we who are more conservative are pharisaical - we consider ways to avoid being a pharisee, and to rejoice with the prodigal son in the Divine Mercy.

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