‘Wisdom is neither learned nor taught, but witnessed, so prophets bear witness,’ archbishop says
August 10, 2021 | posted by Today's Catholic newspaper
‘Wisdom is neither learned nor taught, but witnessed, so prophets bear witness,’ archbishop says at San José Sánchez del Río Parish
Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, celebrated the nation’s birthday at the newest parish of the archdiocese as he presided at a July 4 liturgy at San José Sánchez del Río Church.
In his homily, the archbishop told the assembly, gathered in the gym of the former school on the parish site, that all of us have an innate desire for joy and happiness without limits, however, our lives are marked by limits.
In the first reading at the Mass, Moses expresses this in his dialogue with God when he says to the Lord, “Please let me see your glory!’” (Ex 33:18). The Lord answered: “you cannot see my face, for no one can see me and live … you may see my back …” (20, 23).
Archbishop Gustavo explained that through his creatures, God makes himself known to us in a suggestive and partial way, and He gives us wisdom, but He does not fully reveal His mystery.
“We are creatures and He is God, so it is absolutely impossible for us to bridge the span to Him.”
Instead, He sent his only Son who became Man, was born of a Virgin, “was handed over for our transgressions,” suffered death on a cross “and was raised for our justification” (Rom 4:25).
“He sent us the Holy Spirit and established the Church to guide us to Him. He divinizes us through the sacraments and our struggle to love Him, and one another, as He has loved us. He even enables us to call God our Father and He left us his very flesh and blood to eat and drink!” the archbishop exclaimed. “Could God go any further in His compassion for us? In a sense, we may say that God has gone too far! Was not Christ “a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles?” (1 Cor 1:23).
Pope Francis has pointed out that the attitude of Mary and Joseph shows that “to reach us, God’s whole love takes the path of humility. The humble God who wanted to walk with his people.”
The Missionary of the Holy Spirit said he imagined that if we were there when Jesus visited his native place, we would not reject Him. “But the truth is that He is right next to you, in your spouse, your children, your parents or grandchildren, in your workplace and coworkers, in our community and our nation, and very much here in your parish and in the Church. His presence is so pervasive that we often overlook it. Through baptism, he has made each one of us prophets,” he said, continuing, “True prophets perceive and receive the Holy Spirit. Their heart and soul belong only to God and they do not compromise for anything of this world. Their whole being is placed at the service of God among His people and they do not speak for their own sake.”
In the Gospel reading from Mark, those in Jesus’ native place stated, “Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary? … And they took offense at Him.”
“Only prophets listen to prophets and reveal the presence of God in their dialogue, in their service and love for each other. We must pay attention to one another, so as not to treat the Lord in our neighbor like his neighbors treated him. They overlooked the presence of God among them and he was taken away from them,” Archbishop Gustavo emphasized. “God’s extraordinary presence is in the ordinary. Here He is, in every humble action carried out to build God’s house in this new parish community. What an awesome gift!”
In the second reading at the Mass from Paul to the Corinthians, the saint was allowed to suffer from a “thorn in the flesh.”
“We may think of it as a particular chronic sin or illness. But we must be aware that prophets always have to suffer, even persecution,” the San Antonio prelate stressed. “St. Paul realized that God allowed for that ‘thorn’ to protect him from his own pride. It brought him to the realization that God’s grace and power is made manifest in weakness.”
The archbishop closed by urging the congregation to “keep up the good work” in collaborating with their new pastor, Father Larry Christian, and he prayed to the Blessed Mother of Guadalupe to help all follow the humble example of her Son, witnessed so well by St. Joselito.