Saturday, October 24, 2015
ALL ARE WELCOME OR HAVE YOU AS A CATHOLIC EVER FELT UNWELCOMED? SHOULDN'T THE CHURCH MEANING ALL THE BAPTIZED BE WELCOMING OF GOD'S TRANSFORMING GRACE THAT LEADS TO REPENTANCE AND A NEW WAY OF LIFE?
Some of the bishops at the synod want the Catholic Church to be more welcoming. For the life of me, I thought the doors of the Church were open to all. That anyone could attend Mass, even if not Catholic. The only prohibition was that one must be in full communion with the Catholic Church and in a state of grace to receive Holy Communion. But Holy Communion, while essential for the priest who celebrates the Mass to complete the sacrifice, the Sacrifice is completed after his Holy Communion. The graces of God are present.
This is not to denigrate the reception of Holy Communion by the laity, but let's be clear, not all are invited to Holy Communion. A Catholic must be in the state of grace to receive and fully a Catholic.
I suspect, though, that those who are calling for a more welcoming Church are wanting to give Holy Communion to whoever presents themselves without judgment. I know of some Protestant denominations who say anyone can go to their communion even if not baptized. Wow, how welcoming is that!
Maybe some feel unwelcome when sin is preached in the homily (although from what others have told me, they don't hear about sin at all in homilies except the things they can't really control, like global warming, multi-nationals and the like).
But if a priest dared to speak about the Church authentic teachings on marriage and sexuality, all of a sudden people feel unwelcome.
Maybe they prefer sin to grace, lies to truth, hell to heaven and damnation to salvation? Do they feel more in tune with hell rather than heaven? Then maybe judgement day has arrived?
Maybe the truly unwelcome are any of us who do not welcome the transforming grace that Christ offers us in His Holy Church. We shut it out and say go away!