Responding to violence caused by the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Archbishop of Los Angeles said the message in this week’s Gospel is one of inclusion, no matter a person’s race or nationality.
Archbishop Gomez referenced the Canaanite woman in the reading of the Gospel of Matthew, and said that it was her faith that was “the key to belonging to God,” not where she was born, her skin color, or the language she spoke. He said this was a radical teaching both during Jesus’ time as well as our time, but that God’s universal family united in his mercy is a message we must all form our lives to.
“We are all brothers and sisters. We are all children, born of the Father’s mercy. St. Paul tells us today that Jesus came – ‘that [God] might have mercy upon all.’” Referring to the St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Archbishop Gomez said that God desires “the reconciliation of the world,” which means the Church has an obligation to be a “true sign and instrument of healing and unity.”
“We need to work to overcome all the forms of racial thinking and racist practices that are still realities in our society.” He identified the racism in the country as new type of racism, one built on fear and in reaction to what is happening in the economy and society. This fear, he said, has produced more anger and bitterness, resulting in a greater division.
At the end of his homily, Archbishop Gomez urged Catholics to face this challenging time with the faith of the Canaanite woman: “She was desperate but she never doubted in God’s love, or in God’s goodness. She kept talking to Jesus, kept praying. She said, ‘Lord, help me!’”
Full story at Angelus.
Archbishop, to quote Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, “If a mother can kill her baby in the womb, there can be no peace in the world.”
Archbishop please address abortion sales on your cathedral complex.
God will thank you.
Thank you Archbishop Gomez! May God Bless You! +
Amen! Joe, by the way there are millions of non-Catholics that need to save their souls maybe that should be the concern of the Archbishop it was Jesus’s concern, remember him.
I have changed a few words in the archbishop’s statement. Can you imagine him saying the following?
“We need to work to overcome all the forms of homosexual thinking and homosexual practices that are still realities in our society.” Or, “We need to work to overcome all the forms of pro-choice thinking and abortion practices that are still realities in our society.”
Homosexuality and abortion are much, much bigger threats to our society than racism. Yet there’s mum from the bishops on the former but suddenly all this denouncing of the latter.
You know why? Because there’s no cost to the bishops in denouncing racism. To denounce homosexual practices or abortion would entail costs for them.
Exactly right Covfefe, and why aren’t bishops willing to pay the price? Beacuse they are weak in faith or have lost it completely. Their interests lie in worldly accolades rather than in leading their flocks to Our Lord. Eventaully, they will pay the price, and it will cost them their souls.
Sounds like Archbishop Gomez needs to take a break from hangin’ out with Democrats and watching CNN.
Coveffee and Kristen — right on!!
The Violence of the Radical Left seeks to Destroy the Nation Lincoln said was “This Last, Best Hope of Earth”
Petition to Label Antifa Terror Group Has 146,000 Signatures So Far
A petition to label the anti-Trump group “Antifa” a terrorist organization sped past the requirement of 100,000 signatures needed to get a response from the White House.
The petition says Antifa’s “violent actions in multiple cities and their influence in the killings of multiple police officers throughout the United States” earns it the terrorist designation…
Virtually every survey undertaken in 2016, prior to the election, acknowledged that most Americans believed race relations had sunk to an all-time low under the prior eight years of “the first black president” (although Bill Clinton first laid claim to that title): Ferguson, “hands-up, don’t-shoot” false narrative, Baltimore and Freddie Gray, and thousands shot and murdered every year nearly all African American, 5 cops shot in Dallas at a 2016 BLM March. But we only have 750 characters.
So where were our fine Bishops the previous eight years? Oh, we get it: the downturn in race relations just started in the last 6 months.