Father Francisco his Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time homily at our Cathedral in Reno Nevada by discussing the movie, “Hope and Glory,” about a nine year old, Bill as he grows up in London during the World War 2 Blitz. In that homily, Father presented how adults and children see the world differently; a school being bombed is a disaster for adults, but is a snow day for children.
In addition, a sage Rabbi once commented he could take any child, and raise that child in the faith so well, nothing would separate that child from his faith, not anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword, or fire, or sulfur, or the very fires of hell. As the child goes to school, he meets other children. How that child grows at school and at the playground, the Rabbi knows not how. The Rabbi plants the seed in his charge and if he planted the seed well, the seed he planted grows, not just in his charge, but his charge plants the seed in all the other children.
Our Gospel for the Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time tells us, “This is how it is with the Kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.”
Frigyes Karinthy and John Guare teach the doctrine of the “Six degrees of Separation.” The theory states, “Everyone is six steps away from any other person on Earth.” The Securities and Exchange Commission, as part of discussing Pyramid Schemes, presents a pyramid about the theory. It shows how in the Pyramid Scheme the model the Six degrees of Separation is based upon, if six people recruit six people, through thirteen levels, there are more people in the pyramid than there are people on the planet.
If you the reader, take this article and the other articles presented here, and show them to six people and they present the ideas to six people… in a month, everyone on the planet could know about what our Catholic, Christian faith is all about.
If we return to the basics, as the article, “On becoming Church Triumphant with Our Blessed Virgin,” relates, if we return to the Eucharist, and the full understanding of how that relates to the events of Mount Sinai, as “Our memorial is of the living. Pass it on!” relates, each of Our Blessed Virgin’s children, all of us, will catch a fire and spread that fire to at least six other of God’s children. In their zeal, they will each spread that fire to six more who will become children of our Blessed Virgin.
We are not talking about everybody thinking the same. We are talking about zeal that comes from gratitude for our rescue from prior oppression. There is room for people from different regions and having a different heritage to have a different understanding of their rescue. There is no room for differences in the basics, love of God by love of neighbor and love of his planet.
We will not see that fire as it moves from cigarette butt, to leaves, to twigs, to branches, to trees, to forests. We will be as the careless camper who left that butt on the ground. We will be as the parent leaving their child as he boards the school bus, not aware of the details of the events at school. The HHS Mandate will cease to matter. The abortion issue will cease to matter. The gay issue will cease to matter. None of the so-called “Five Non-negotiables” will matter. This is because the wildfire of our faith will cause all people to become children of our Blessed Virgin, in no way tempted by any of the issues in the Five Non-negotiables.
We do not force people to be like us. People will see our joy and our gratitude and want to be like us. All the world loves a romantic couple; our Mass is a romantic dinner in a romantic restaurant with the Bride of Christ, the church, and her lover, the Groom/God; nobody likes the pious.
Father Francisco discussed a scene in “Hope and Glory.” A history teacher talks how the sun never sets on the British Empire. Of course, as a result of World War II, the sun did set on the British Empire, as it will set on America’s century, the 20th century. We are now in the 21st century. If we realize we are special because of what we do in the Eucharist, and we live our specialness, passing it onto others, if we set that wildfire in motion, the sun will never set on the Kingdom of God. The final words of our Mass are, “Mitte Est.” “Let us go in peace to love and serve The Personal Name.” Let us go in peace to set a wildfire.