As you know I’ve been trying to ‘get my head around’ the events of the recent Synod in Rome. A friend sent me this link that I have read thoroughly as well as the links within to other related articles. http://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/the-city-gates.cfm?ID=912 If you are similarly interested, you may like to take a look. This time leading up to the next follow-up Synod in Rome (Oct 2015) will be a time for the universal Church at all levels to consider the matter in greater detail. The language in the articles while being engaging is technical and not all that easy to follow – I’ve being using it as breakfast reading.
Apart from grappling with the Synod, a topic of great longstanding interest to me is about how we are saved. A popular notion would see salvation in being self-satisfied NICE people who don’t do anything wrong to others. Any orthodox Christian belief sees salvation as primarily coming through believing in Jesus and entrusting our deepest selves to him and his goodness. From this we receive the atoning merits of the Sacrifice of Calvary and the forgiveness of our sins. Being NICE and not hurting people and doing good deeds is the way in which this saving belief in Jesus is proved to be authentic.
All of this is powerfully summed up in last Tuesday’s Evening Prayer from the Divine Office:
Since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood — to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness. (Romans 3:23-25a)
Garfield instead finds redemption in the can opener!