Fr. Morgan, Fr. Urban and I have been taking some time out on the deck (it is a bit unstable, but usable for now!) to enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been having. What a gift from God these calm, comfortable summer evenings are! Usually we listen to music while enjoying each other’s company and if Fr. Morgan picks the tunes it is usually from his era. The other night “My Way” by Frank Sinatra came across the Ipad. A great song by a great artist to be sure; I was, however, reminded that someone once noted to me that this must be the song everyone sings in Hell. “The record shows I took the blows and I did it my way” Sinatra croons.
The idea that the goal of life is complete autonomy, to answer to no one and simply do all things “my way” is a myth. Human freedom is found in the ability to choose what is good, not the ability to choose whatever I want. Because sometimes what I want is evil and someone choosing evil becomes a slave to sin, not free for God. My way must become Christ’s way!
For my way to become Christ’s way takes humility. Humility to say that I might not have all the answers, humility to submit to legitimate authority. What a gift as Catholics to have the authority of the Church when it comes to faith and morals! Christ chose apostles to be the guarantors of the truth about him and commissioned them to continue Jesus’ mission after his death. These apostles chose successors, which we today call bishops, and these bishops in communion with the Pope form the infallible teaching office of the church. Union with the Catholic Church gives us the guarantee of right and authentic teachings, as we know that those teachings have been divinely given, interpreted and protected from error through the ages.
My way, or your way, or that other guy down the street’s way is not my goal. I want to follow Jesus’ way! I hope you do to. Praise God we have a Church that proclaims Jesus Christ and all that He authentically taught, did, and preached for our salvation.