Wisdom, St Paul and Poor Catechesis
Sometimes I wish that these expressions of mine were more reasonable and understandable. I do pray the psalm often to ask not to lead astray those who seek God, nor extinguish the smoking wick of so many candles
Often when reading St. Paul’s letters and checking the footnotes I wonder at the feigned ignorance in what others claim as their bible. My beef at their works are simple. St Paul quoted and was a great user of the Wisdom Book. His letter to the Roman’s is full of paraphrases from Wisdom. This would be so, since the Wisdom Books are accepted readily by the Hebrews as a defense against the Greek philosophies insinuating themselves into the Hebrew Faith, around and before the time preceding the Messiah. Why then is this important book used by St Paul, not in their scriptures?
The prophecies of the Old Law (Testament) are eternal. I would recommend you read in its entirety,Wisdom Chapter 14 and compare it to Roman’s Chapter 1. The lack of grace in the translations of a bible claimed to be holy cannot be but seen from the lack of this book in the protestant bible whose books were selected by the reformers. I quote part of Chapter 14 the Book of Wisdom.
22. And it was not enough for them to err about the knowledge of God, but whereas they lived in a great war of ignorance, they call so many and so great evils peace. 23. For either they sacrifice their own children, or use hidden sacrifices, or keep watches full of madness, 24 So that now they neither keep life, nor marriage undefiled, but one killeth another through envy, or grieveth him by adultery: 25. And all things are mingled together, blood, murder, theft and dissimulation, corruption and unfaithfulness, tumults and perjury, disquieting of the good, 26 Forgetfulness of God, defiling of souls, changing of nature, disorder in marriage, and the irregularity of adultery and uncleaness. 27 For the worship of abominable idols is the cause, and the beginning and end of all evil. 28. For either they are mad when they are merry: or they prophesy lies, or they live unjustly, or easily forswear themselves. 29 For whilst they trust in idols, which are without life, though they swear amiss, they look not to be hurt. 30 But for two things they shall be justly punished, because they have thought not well of God, giving heed to idols, and have sworn unjustly, in guile despising justice. 31 For it is not the power of them, by whom they swear, but the just vengeance of sinners always punisheth the transgression of the unjust.
Do any of you readers not see the eternal testimony of God in this quote? Can you see how much of it is prevalent in the Church today. There is ignorance in the minds of Catholics, set there by the worst catechesis in centuries, more spin and opinions than God’s facts. Held in fallen catholic hearts, this ignorance is described as peace since it does not perturb the conscience. Abortion is the sacrifice of our children to the mammon God because we reason it costs too much to raise them and no one should be poor and uncomfortable. "Neither keeping life", is this not euthanasia, a medical procedure that determines the financial cost of keeping one alive is not warranted. The worship of the Idols of money and power and unfortunately the happiness in one’s opinions and private revelations on what the Church should be, that old and ancient sin of pride Read it for yourself and compare Wisdom and Paul’s words with the world today. We have thousands of revelations in the Old Testament and 2000 years of revelations since which should focus our minds sharply on the Word of God. I feel we forget what Christ came for. He came to fulfill the Law not to change it that is He became the Sacrifice replacing the finest wheat and purest oil and thus He, as the new sacrifice of the Law, was the Messiah prophesied. Simply expressed that is. One of the revelations that we ignore and to hear priests give homilies on receiving the Eucharist , or at least the majority, never tell us of the punishments that are existing for taking the Eucharist, the Lord’s Name in vain, That is not the right disposition for the sacrifice. Has the book of Daniel been dismissed? All his warnings of the abomination of offering an inferior and imperfect sacrifice no longer a problem since the advent of Jesus Christ. One dare not think so. When Christ destroyed the moneychangers in the Hall in the Temple at Jerusalem, just what was His purpose besides His wrath at turning the Holiness of the Temple of God into a Temple of mammon? This was the hall where those who did not have an offering bought theirs. People from the Diaspora did not come to the Temple carting animals from wherever the Jews could be found. Old people who lived in Israel who came to offer their religious duties also bought their sacrificial animals there. Christ was annoyed as His Father was before Him at the three-legged lambs, blind birds and other damaged goods sold as perfect gifts. He made this obvious.
Now I ask you priests who stand at the altar offering our sacrifice that is united to us and with us as part of the offering existing from eternity. I mean the sacrifice of Christ the Word, and of the Old Law's sacrificial instructions existing since ancient times, to tell me truthfully or rather admit to yourselves how your conscience feels about offering the imperfect sacrifice of many of those who come before you. Those who come to the Altar to offer the Body and Blood of Christ united to their soul, as the prayer says. It says, "Please accept the sacrifice from your hands, for the praise and glory of His Name, for our good and that of all the Church". A triple sacrifice offered for the praise of God, for each of us personally and then the Parish and Church. Do you I ask disseminate, and say these are my sheep they never sin. How do you know? I ask why, as it has crossed my mind so often lately, why if the Eucharist is offered for the sick and for charitable help, why do they not just get up from their bed and walk. Does not the Church tell us of the magnificence of the Eucharist as a prayer? Why is the Sacrament of Anointing not efficacious? Should we not see , at its application, the dying stand up and go home? Where is our faith in God? I am not seeking signs although I do not doubt that has entered your minds and is that perhaps a temptation of pride? Is it that the sacrifice of the mass, offered by tepid people just going through the actions, are not acceptable to God? Does He vomit as promised them out of His mouth? Sometimes I feel that the intentions behind the mask of our Charity are not real and not acceptable to God. In scriptures I find that very few if any died when God anointed them. Have His intentions changed today? Should His Glory not light our darkness? The saying Ignorance is bliss comes to mind, but then how peaceful it is to put aside the truth that hits our sore points. This truth that is lost if the teacher, the one appointed to save our souls through his spiritual guidance does not have the “moxy” to say come to confession or at the very least preach about the malevolent darkness that works unceasingly to confuse us. The darkness of ignorance of the problems in the Church. A darkness that so many welcome for the peace it brings them and the happiness of sinners when they drag the level of one’s spirituality down by seeking comfort in disparaging those who try to follow the Word through prayer and the Sacraments of the Church. It seems to me that an unstated thought a movement not admitted in the light on these occasions is held in many minds. It is I must be right I am at peace. Are not the sacraments Holy mysteries of God’s love that spring from His knowledge of our concupiscence and the predilection of sin we have all had since our birth. Are they in the case of Confession and reparation, an admittance by our Provident God Baptism is not enough. If it is then why do we brush off the sacrament. I have heard so many say, "I do not need it. I am not a sinner". Hearing at the same time so many opinions of how the mass in different ways remits sins. They are so different one can see the impoverished attempts to justify not confessing. These attempts at self justification by their actions is a fearful attempt not to use Sacraments given by God for our good.
I go back to verse 24 above and say be careful that those of you that condemn others in the Church through a demand that unity must exist even at the expense of the souls of brothers and sisters in Christ. I urge you to remember that ‘sin’ so many commit without knowing. I mean blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. I would ask of God for us all that the malevolent darkness of our sins be illuminated by the Light of Christ. I rest in the truth of Christ’s words that sins committed in the dark eventually come into the Light.
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