Rise, Fall, Contradict … Monday, April 8

Presentation of Christ in the temple (Candlemas)

Presentation of Christ in the temple (Candlemas). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Joyful Mystery, the Presentation. “And he said to Mary, ‘Behold, the Child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted.’ ” The fall and rise of many = Follower of Jesus or one of the crowd calling for His death? Contradiction = An expected political messiah or a spiritual Messiah? The rise and fall of many = Peter or Judas? Contradiction = Simple bread and wine or flesh and blood? The rise and fall of many = Saul or Paul? Contradiction = The Jewish Levitical high priest or a Priest from the tribe of Judah? The rise and fall of many = John the Baptizer proclaiming repentance and the coming of the Christ or the “spiritual” path of the Pharisees? Contradiction = A simple carpenter or the Anointed One of God? The rise and fall of many = Physical or spiritual Israel? Contradiction = A King descended from David or “We have no king but Caesar!”? To make it personal, to bring it down to the third millennium. The fall and rise of many = Saint or sinner, good Catholic or mediocre follower of relativism? Contradiction = Pro Jesus, Who is Life itself, or “pro-choice” resulting in a choice of death. (What’s the REAL difference between abortion on demand and “Crucify Him!”?) The fall and rise of many = Choose you this day who you will serve. Joshua 24:15. Contradiction = “Cafeteria” Catholics. It’s a simple verse, isn’t it? But it isn’t easy.

Today … St. Aedesius. Martyr and brother of St. Apphian. Aedesius, a Christian of some note in Caesarea, now part of modern Israel, witnessed the persecution of Christians, the result of Emperor Diocletian‘s policies. He publicly rebuked the local Roman officials who were placing Christian virgins in brothels as part of the persecutions. Arrested, Aedesius was tortured and then drowned. The fall and rise of many = Loyal Roman citizen or loyal follower of Jesus? Contradiction = None.

For Christians … When we remain in Christ to fall is impossible, to rise is to be like Him. The only contradiction involved is between the “us” that we are as opposed to the “us” that we can be in Him.

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