Thursday, March 3, 2011
WHY FOLLOW JESUS AND THE NEW TRANSLATION OF THE ENGLISH MASS, ARE YOU EXCITED YET?
When I was in the seminary in the 1970's, Jesus Christ was front and center! Any surprise? There shouldn't be.
But also front and center was getting back to the historical Jesus of his ministry, not the convoluted Jesus of the Gospel, where the Gospels invent a persona for Jesus that didn't exist in the Jesus' real lilfe; like He is God, like He performed miracles, like He walked on water, etc. In fact in real life Jesus would not have had his pronoun capitalized!
Basically following liberal Protestant theologians of the first part of the 20th century, Catholic biblical scholars were trying to peal away all the accretions of divinity attributed to Jesus in the Gospel and were trying to get to the real Jesus of his public ministry. Will the real Jesus please stand up.
The real Jesus they assumed would help us to see a man who bungled things, but loved people anyway. He was inclusive. Certainly he was, after all he ate at sinner's homes. I guess the demand for repentance must have been a gospel accretion that Jesus did not actually assert in his public ministry.
Today, we have liberal theologians schooled in the liberal Protestant hermeneutic of "historical/critical methodology" of studying the Gospels who are telling us that the magisterium of secularism as it concerns what Jesus would do in terms of same sex marriage, ordination of men and women to the priesthood and all the other liberal demands of liberal neo-liberal-Protestant Catholic theologians are correct and the actual Magisterium of the Church is wrong.
Who are we to believe?
I'm a papist. I'm sticking with the Pope and the Magisterium!
If the liberal theologians are right and their hermeneutic is correct and Jesus was just a loving good old boy, well, he is not for me, I'll follow Buddha or become a Hindu, but a well-meaning atheist might be a better fit for me. I ain't following no bungling man who is not God and was a person who simply loved people and never rocked their boat of comfort and sin.