Homily for Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter
Preached on April 30, 2019 at Saint Thomas Aquinas Chapel, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad IN
Readings: Acts 4:32-37; Psalm 93:1-2, 5; John 3:7-15
It sounds like the perfect Church.
What the evangelist describes in that first reading from the Acts of the Apostles is everything that our graduating deacons are looking for in their first parish assignments after they get ordained as priests. “The community of believers [is] of one heart and mind” (Acts 4:31). Everyone gets along with everybody. There are no apostates, heretics, schismatics, or everyday lunatics. “They [have] everything in common” (Acts 4:31). They have a balanced budget and they have no outstanding debt. “There [is] no needy person among them” (Acts 4:34). They operate a successful outreach ministry. They sell what they own and hand the money over to the apostles to distribute according to need (cf. Acts 4:34-35, 37). They have a pretty strong stewardship program that goes beyond tithing just ten percent of one’s income. “Great favor [is] accorded them all” (Acts 4:33). Their Church leaders are respected by everybody. None of them is accused of anything remotely scandalous.
It is the Church of our dreams and it lasts a mere six verses in the Acts of the Apostles.
There is the temptation to look back at this perfect Church with nostalgia and yearn for that time when we had everything and we needed nothing more. But that is a mistake, because it only sounds like a “perfect” Church and the Church has never been perfect. To say that it is perfect is to say that the Lord’s work is done and the Lord’s work is far from done.
This should comfort us because we live in a Church now that barely resembles the one in the fourth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. Yet, if we read the next 24 chapters, we will learn that, whenever the Church is far from perfect, the Lord is always up to something way better than anyone can ever imagine.
What we have right now might not sound like that “perfect” Church. But, so what? God isn’t done yet, and, thank God, He isn’t done with us.
Article source: https://noelzamora.wordpress.com/2019/04/30/god-isnt-done/