quod pro nobis traditum est

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

just too religious

Today, we hear a bunch of stuff against religion, tradition, rituals, etc. Everything has to be spontaneous or new or emotional or exciting to be truly spiritual. It is better to have church in the house than the family in the church, etc. Some churches no longer even have Christmas services so families can celebrate at home.

In last Sunday's Gospel reading we heard, "When Jesus was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast." In the homily the point was made that Joseph and Mary were good parents even though they lost him on their way home.

Some might also say they were being good Jews but Jesus changed all that ritual stuff. Ironically, later on, after his Baptism, when Jesus was involved in his ministry as an adult Scripture records,

"So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me . . ." (Luke 4:16ff)

Jesus was just too religious. He, like his parents before him, followed the religious customs. He would not have fit in our contemporary scene. Scripture adds the part that the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him.