Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fr. Campbell's Sermon for Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Blood on the Moon

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, July 5, 2015
Blood on the Moon

Without faith one cannot know the truth. You will know what the world knows, but the world is blind to the truth. If you know Jesus Christ you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free, because Jesus Christ is the Truth. The true Church uses the word “believer” to refer to those who know Jesus Christ and adhere to the Church He founded. Apart from Jesus Christ there are no such believers. Belief in a false religion does not make one a believer. St. John has this to say about believing near the end of his Gospel:

“Many other signs also Jesus worked in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name” (Jn.20:30,31).

Those who don’t want to go to Hell must believe and keep the faith! And that is not easy these days. Our faith is threatened by the spirit of the times and the faithlessness of the unbelieving world around us. The governments and powerful leaders of this world have turned against Jesus Christ and His teachings, and are persecuting His Holy Church. The false shepherds at the Vatican love this world more than the God who made it. The false teachings of the new theologians are leading once faithful Catholics away from the Church, and millions of them no longer believe.   

However, according to the Vatican II Antipopes, believing in practically anything at all makes one a “believer.” Following the lead of the false shepherds beginning with John XXIII, Francis welcomes and addresses the Jewish Masonic organization, B’nai B’rith, and calls them “believers”. And what do they believe? That Jesus Christ is in Hell, that the Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, was a woman of loose morals, and that those who believe in the Divinity of Christ are to be executed. Does that make them “believers”? I think not! St. Paul tells us what attitude we should have towards unbelievers:

“Do not bear the yoke with unbelievers. For what has justice in common with iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what part has the believer with the unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God, as God says, ‘I will dwell and move among them, I will be their God and they shall be my people.’ Wherefore, ‘Come out from among them, be separated, says the Lord, and touch not an unclean thing; and I will welcome you in, and will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord almighty’” (2Cor.6:14-18).

Today God is mocked and blasphemed! The White House brazenly displaying the colors of the rainbow should make the blood run cold in our veins. And legalizing same-sex marriage is only the tip of the iceberg. The pedophiles and polygamists are waiting in the wings for their turn to be recognized as honorable and law-abiding Americans. God’s Divine Son and His Holy and Immaculate Mother, Mary, are insulted and blasphemed! His Holy Catholic Church is maligned and persecuted. The Great Persecution foretold in the Apocalypse has begun. But God’s avenging hand is about to strike!

Our Holy God and Father is horribly mocked in movies and videos, and on Broadway, with unbelievably blasphemous insinuations about His infinite perfections and Divine Goodness, while the critics applaud. We should be thankful we don’t live in New York. But the whole nation has brazenly declared its independence from God and has joined the ranks of the ungodly, who were destroyed in the Great Flood in the time of Noah, and the corrupt citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah, who perished in a rain of fire and brimstone. The words of the Apocalypse again apply:   

“And after this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was lighted up by his glory. And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, ‘She has fallen, she has fallen, Babylon the great; and has become a habitation of demons, a stronghold of every unclean spirit, a stronghold of every unclean and hateful bird; because all the nations have drunk of the wrath of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and by the power of her wantonness the merchants of the earth have grown rich’.” (Apoc.18:1-3).

Jesus warned us how to recognize the false prophets:

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them” (Mt.7:15-20).

So are we left helpless and hopeless? Not at all! God has plans for those who serve Him. St. Peter himself gives us these words of encouragement, as he quotes from the prophet Joel:

 “And it shall come to pass in those days, says the Lord, that I will pour forth of my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. And moreover upon my servants and upon my handmaids in those days will I pour forth of my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth beneath, blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and manifest day. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:17-21).

How dare they spew out their hatred and contempt for God! Theirs will be the terrible punishment spoken of in the Apocalypse, for our God is Holy:

“But as for the cowardly and unbelieving, and abominable and murderers, and fornicators and sorcerers, and idolaters and all liars, their portion shall be in the pool that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Apoc.21:8).

We will “Fight the good fight of the faith” (1Tim.6:12)! Every Wednesday we will offer the 10AM Mass in atonement for the blasphemies committed against the Most Holy Trinity, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Hopefully some of you will be able to come to the Mass. If not, I ask you to join us in spirit, wherever you are. Make a note of it on your calendar. Offer your Family Rosary in atonement. In addition, we will once again offer Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament after Sunday Mass on the last Sunday of the month.

“Show us, O Lord, your mercy, and grant us your salvation” (Ps.85:8).