Listen: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Apologetics
"Catholic musings Catholic gasoline easy. Welcome to Catholic musings for the thirty third Sunday in ordinary time year. See in the Gospel. Reading for this Sunday Jesus gives an image of the destruction of the temple destruction. which which would happen in the year seventy ad but he reminds his disciples that quite apart from that they would also suffer persecution for his his sake and they would be handed over before synagogues to imprisonment before kings and governors? But he went. I'm Tom to say this. You are not to prepare your defense because I myself she'll give you an eloquent cindy wisdom that none of your opponents will be able able to resist or contradict. The Greek word used here comes from the word apologia giving a defense especially in a law court and it's from that word that we get the term apologetic sin for us. Christian apologetic takes that art of defending Christian belief against objections not shown in the writings of Saint Paul himself but also in the writings kings of many others. Some of the best known being sent Augustine of Hippo and Saint Thomas Acquaints in our own day. A people such as Bishop Robert Barron from the word on fire institute have a particular ministry in apologetic six and also and building up the faithful with the skills and the knowledge in order that they to make counter objections. But if you're anything like me you will often find that many objections against the Catholic face objections from outside of face and even when objections from some other Christians is often based on an incorrect assumption. To begin with and very often this is done on purpose in order to try. Try to tear down Catholic doctrine in a popularist fashion in a secular world. So it is that some non-catholics on Catholics will accuse Catholics of idolatry with regards to statues in the worship of the saints or newspaper. Commentators will paint a totally incorrect and warped image of what happens in the confessional in order to further their anti religious. You just push to tear down the seal of the sacrament. In all of this we would be well advised to look at the defense that Jesus himself gave at his trial. Trial particularly as our quote. Today comes from the gospel of Luke the defense that Jesus gives in that Gospel itself. You know it's surprisingly short and it's worth repeating here. Firstly Jesus was taken before the San Hedren where they said to him. If you are the Christ tell us his answer was if I tell you you will not believe and if I ask you not answer but from now on the son of man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God so they asked him another question. Are you the son of God. Jesus replied you say that I am. I am in both questions. Jesus doesn't give them the yes aunt. So they're looking for but instead he turns it onto them. You will not believe and you say that I am then after the San Hedren Jesus is led to pilot. Who Asks Him? Are you the king of the Jews. And just as back at the San Hedren Jesus replies you have said so Jesus is then taken to Herod Who Luke tells US questioned him at some length but Jesus made no answer. He's then returned to pilot on. The past. Cavalry is sealed throughout all of this. His defense was either to be silent or turn the question back on the questioner more or less stating that. They had already made up their mind. I mentioned earlier Bishop Robert Baron and his work and apologetic will recently. I listen to him speaking as he often does house on atheism and the works of Christopher hitchens central to Bishop Roberts response was the reminder not to get involved in the wrong debate. We do have an answer but it's not often the question which is being asked because the question which is being asked is frequently framed in order to exclude God from the equation or to treat God is just one other object amongst many good apologetic does not answer the wrong question but instead it points people to the big questions. Why are we here? What his our purpose from? Where do we come and to? Where are we going? Jesus knew the importance of not answering the wrong question. So in his trial he was silent or reflect to the question. Back to the interrogator. I mean just imagine for a moment of Herod or pilot had instead asked why would we created or what is love. We will be given the words to say day. This doesn't excuse us from study and pondering the great questions of our faith but it does remind us that our focus should be on the agenda of God and his message not on the agenda of those who seek to exclude God from society. Thank you for joining me. Jude Xavier. Today you can find all of our Sunday reflections along with our rosary and stations of the Cross podcasts.."