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AI NSAS ,gCATHOLIC ,l e.e.d,Sof July 11, 1998 Page 7 GO[wish Jesus would appear to us like & He did to those firsi htistians, the man in my counseling parlor said. "Why?" I wondered. " ' "So that He could tell me what to do and how to handle my life." The man had a point. It would be good to have the Lord around so that we could go to Him with our questions. But in actual fact, we don't need Him to do this. He's already told us everything we need to know. When Jesus spoke with the apostles and first disciples, He taught them how to develop a good relationship with God and each th other. As He did this," He also gave em the best directions possible for gain- lasting happiness both in this life and the next.,ru TODAY Deuteronomy 30:10-14 Colossians 1 : 15-20 Luke 10:25-37 Fr. William Gould His original followers were not spin- tual misers. They did not hoard His words. Quite the contrary. They taught their dis- ciples everything they themselves had received from the Lord. And those dis- would prefer to reject or ignore, with kind- ciples in turn passed on what they had hess and compassion. learned. That same wisdom comes down Could Jesus speak more clearly if He to us through the Bible and the rest of were living now? I doubt it. the Church's traditional teaching. Jesus' words are not "too mysterious We find an example of this in today's and remote" for us. No, they are "some- gospel, thing very near to you, already in your A "lawyer" I that is, an expert in the mouths and in your hearts..." Jewish religious law --- asked Jesus a very After all, the Bible is only a bookshelf simple yet profound question: 'q'eacher, away and we either already know the what must I do to inherit everlasting life?" Church's teaching or can look it up in Jesus answered by giving him (and us) the "Catechism of the Catholic Church." the two great commandments of love. Then, in the words of Moses: "you have "And who is my neighbor?" the lawyer only to carry it out." asked. That's the difficult part! But it's also Jesus' response, given in the form of a the part that brings us God's blessings. parable, makes it clear that we are re- bather William Gould's weekly column is quired to treat everyone, even those we sponsored by Little Rock Scripture Study. Should we worry about which part of our body the host touches first? am an extraordinary Eucharistic min- ister for our parish. Recently, two PeOple have told me they do not want to receive ,L Communion from me or any of ~ae other sisters or lay ministers. They both claim the priest's hands are 0inted at ordination to give Commun- ten and no one else should do it. I don't he" believe this. I asked our pastor;, p[.,lust said they are wrong, but didn't ex- further. What are they talking about? h' The objection you heard was one raised Y SOme when the practice of having p0nrdained peonle minister commun- estored in the Church more than heard this ar ment, how- er, for nearly three decadg es until a few [u?nths ago when it was revived in cer- ~tlil .-. c-" Penodtcals and at least one new so- ,uted "orthodox Catholic" prayerbook I Uave Seen - - As your pastor said, people who make this claim about the ordina- tion of priests are wrong, h'sjust bad erroneous think- ing, theologically and liturgically, and a surprising lack of knowledge of history. The symbolism of placing oil on Ft. John Dietzen a person, whether at baptism, confir- mation, anointing of the sick or ordina- tion, is not intended as a particular sanc- tification of that part of the body. It sig- nifies rather, as it did even in the Old Testament, a consecration and dedication of that individual to an exalted position in the religious life of the people. In the Christian life, of course, that is directed People took communion in their hands to the spiritual lives of the family of Christ. at Mass, gave it to each other and minis- Jesus himself is called the Christ, the tered the Eucharist to family or friends at one christened or anointed by the Father home who could not be present at Mass. to a role and mission of unique dignity. No one considered this in any way disre- Obviously, a central function of the specfful. ordained priest is to preside at the eucha- The problem arises, of course, because ristic liturgy, to make possible the celebra- receiving only on the tongue was what all tion of the unbloody renewal of the death of us older Catholics grew up with. and resurrection of our lord by the Chris- It seems to me that the hand is no less dan community, holy than the tongue. The incredible truth The anointing of his hands at ordina-is that our Lord gave his body and blood tion, however, is not directly related to as our spiritual food and drink in the first the priest's giving communion any more place. than it is to the forgiveness of sins or any From that viewpoint, at least, it seems other essential responsibilities which are ridiculous to make a big case out of which his as leader of a Christian people, part of our body touches the host first. If we need further clarification and certainty on the matter, we have it from the fact that for 1,200 years or so --- more than half the life of the Church -- any Christian commonly gave communion to other Christians. to establish a family. The third essential tutions have as their goal the ongoing atechism element for common good is peace, the improvement of human life, enabling %atiaued from page 5 stability and security of a just order, human life to reach its potential as rood- Nation and society today would ben-eled and witnessed by the life and minis- i iety today that could benefit from a efit from a discussion of common good? try of Jesus Christ. The catechism con- ._*aOgue on common ood and these es- How are we as Catholics fostering the cludes this section with a quote from the I ~etl' u ,, NI elements What are the essential common good in American and in inter- Pastoral Constitution of the Church. "One e ents of common good? national society today? is entitled to think that the future of eomm n ood oresu ses res ct Within this context the catechism calls humanity is in the hands of those who o o . ppo pe. a,a'*:~ human person, their fundamental all to a participation in promoting the are capable of providing the generation it~dlnalienable rights. Second common common good. Participation involves first to come with reason for life and opti- ~'~ requires social well being and devel- personal responsibility, ongoing educa- mism." (CC #1917) i .. 'ue,. nt of the m'oup itse In the name of tion, conscientious work and participation As you look to the future, where does tJ ha'v,, n good, each person/group should in public life for the good of all. We are your reason for life come from? 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