A beautiful reflection on Gaudete Sunday by Archbishop Oscar Romero, one of the great Catholic figures in the last 50 years. Here is a link to information on the canonization of Archbishop Romero.
If Christ had become incarnate now
and were a thirty-year-old man today,
he would be here in the cathedral
and we wouldn’t know him from the rest of you —
a thirty-year-old man, a peasant from Nazareth,
here in the cathedral like any peasant
from our countryside.
The Son of God made flesh would be here
and we wouldn’t know him —
one completely like us.
How shameful to think that perhaps pagans,
people with no faith in Christ,
may be better than we
and nearer to God’s reign.
Remember how Christ received a pagan centurion
and told him, “I’ll go and cure your servant”?
The centurion, full of humility and confidence,
said, “No, Lord, I am not worthy that you go there.
Just say a word
and my servant will be cured.”
Christ marveled, says the gospel, and he said,
“Truly, I have not found such faith in…
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In some American cities, like San Francisco, we would criminalize him as a waste for society.
Rosaliene, you are correct that in the U.S. today the Incarnate Christ would almost certainly be an outcast of society.
Thanks so much. I remember that 1980 day even if I was a kid. May He pray for us.