Here I am, send me.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

 Here I am, send me.
St. Pius V ( 1504-1572)
Easter day 35

Today is the feast day of St. Pius V who became pope after the Council of Trent and had the responsibility to implement the sweeping reforms called for by that Council in the wake of the Protestant Reformation, the invasion of the Turks and abuses in the Church. He was up to the task. He founded seminaries for the proper training of priests; he published a new missal, a new breviary and a new catechism and he established the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine for the education of youth. He built hospitals for the poor and sick and provided food for the hungry.

The gospel today has Jesus reflecting on the kind of world he has delegated to us to create.
In his time, his message was not being heard or headed
but he went ahead and proclaimed His Kingdom.

“Jesus said to his disciples:
“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own;
but because you do not belong to the world,
and I have chosen you out of the world,
the world hates you.”

In the time of Pius V, he had to challenge many groups in society that were not following the message of Jesus. Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman declared that "St. Pius V was stern and severe, as far as a heart burning and melted with divine love could be so ... Yet such energy and vigour as his were necessary for the times. He was a soldier of Christ in a time of insurrection and rebellion, when in a spiritual sense, martial law was proclaimed."

Our current society has many challenges for the Church and our current pope, Francis is addressing them with the same kind of energy and vigour exercised by today’s saint. We are all the Body of Christ.  The same kind of energy and vigour is expected of us.  Are we willing to join our leaders and say to Jesus, “Here I am, send me.”

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