In the Easter story the High Priest Caiaphas, the poster boy for this religious crowd, said (of Jesus) “that it is better that one man should die than the nation perishes”. You can see a version of this logic in, “its better that your small business goes bankrupt than we should perish from the pandemic”. The internal logic, of the dyslexic religious, always makes total sense to those on the inside but, from an outside perspective, not so much. You want to “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean”, 2 Corinthians 2:6.
So, “I’m spiritual but not religious”, has the ring of truth about it but the question is, “will your home brewed spirituality be enough to inoculate you against the religious virus or will you end up just helping to spread the infection?” What is the effective antidote to this viral religion? That antidote is the “gospel” which is created by the knowing self-sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Jesus allows himself to be served up as the “innocent victim of the day”, but a shot of God’s love brings him back to life! “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”, 1 Corinthians 15:55. Death, the tool of sacrifice, has been broken. Jesus harvested the serpent’s venom and, in his own body, produced the anti-bodies that in turn bind to and neutralize the toxin of evil. Satan has been bound.
Where do we go to receive injections of both the life-giving vaccine of God’s love and the anti-bodies from Jesus’ resurrected body? Jesus has given us the gift of his Church, that hospital where the protocols are in place to safely administer His sacramental vaccines. In the Eucharist we receive a direct infusion of Jesus’ own anti-bodies to ensure that we become both spiritual and truly religious. Without regular injections of this heavenly vaccine and concreated anti-venom we are susceptible to the viral infections of false religion and its yearly mutations.
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