O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

III Sunday after Easter - II Class
Missa Iubilate Deo

Epistle: I Pet. 2:11-19 [Abstain from lust, obey your superiors, and love your neighbor.]
Gospel: Jn. 16:16-22 [You are suffering now, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.]
Full Latin-English propers here.

When we look around in our lives, what do we see? We see the people around us in the world get excited at the world's vices, without caring at all for the things of God. They see the human body as an object of sexual pleasure and the fact that the human body is really the masterpiece of the Divine Artist is foreign and absurd to them. They have relationships where the male does whatever he has to do in order to get sexual pleasure and the female does what ever she has to do in order to get romantic pleasure. Songs that praise lustful pleasure are ever popular. They go to work, but what they care about most is their paycheck. Things are only seen as good if they make you feel good. If something stops making you feel good, it is now worthless. That girl becomes worthless if she becomes ugly. That boy becomes worthless if he stops doing romantic things. All this is no more than hedonism.

These people do not know what love is. When we look at them, we see something different. We have created an intimate relationship with God in prayer and He has increased our love of neighbor. This love allows us to start seeing them as He sees them. We see that they are good and beautiful in and of themselves, just because God created them. We see that their sins degrade them down to the level of being just an object of pleasure. We see the beauty of God's creation in their bodies and we can't stand to let those bodies to be degraded to objects of pleasure. The more we love them, the more it hurts us to see them drowning in sin. We want their bodies for the purpose for which they were created: for validly married couples to give those bodies to each other as a gift, not wanting to use the other's body for pleasure, but wanting to give everything they are to the one they love. God then uses this expression of love to create a child. We don't want them to run around in life looking for good times that come to an end because those good times lack God. God alone can make good times last forever because God alone lasts forever. Only when we seek God and join ourselves to Him can we find a joy that lasts. Other pleasures can last for a long time, but they all end because they lack God and God lone is forever. We want them to reject their vain and empty lives in favor of God who can give far greater joy, just because He's God.

We want these great things for them but they stubbornly refuse to abandon their sins. They cannot stand to hear the sound of our voices because we condemn what they are doing. We come to the verge of despair. We want them to be holy and pure in the sight of God, but they fall deeper and deeper into the world's vices. With each passing day a conversion seems more and more impossible. Today we have reassurance. Today we hear "Amen, amen, I say to you, that you shall lament and weep, but the world shall rejoice: and you shall be made sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labor, hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but when she hath brought forth the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. So also you now indeed have sorrow: but I will see you again and your heart shall rejoice: and your joy no man shall take from you." We can see that it is ridiculously impossible for us to convert them. They hate us because we condemn the lives they live. We are not even remotely capable of converting them, but we still love them. God loves them even more. God wants them to convert even more. God wants what we want, but even more. God wants them in Heaven more than we do. God is capable of converting them. Nothing can over power the Lord nor can anything resist Him, because He alone is God. He is the Pantocrator, the Almighty. Today He tells us that we do not pray for nothing. He hears our pleas and He too desires that they be converted. We are suffering now, because all those around us, whom we are about, are in sin, but God wants to convert them and God wants to turn our sorrow to joy.