Sunday, October 9, 2016

A Reflection of Psalms 2

Psalms 2 contain a prophecy of conditions which faced ancient Christians and today.  The message is still the same and today, I will give my reflection upon this chapter from the Book of Psalms.



The Psalm opens with a question:

Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing?  Psalms 2:1
Such a question requires some thinking.  When this was penned thousand of years ago, the king could not have envisioned this question persisting into the 21st century.  Rumor of wars and of wars are dominating the news.  Russia have moved their nuclear armaments in a former city that once belonged to Germany. This is definitely not going to sit well with NATO.

Now, we have people reportedly looking into the Third Secret of Fatima.  The central thesis of the question once again returns to ultimate "Why?"  Why are nations, and in connection with the Third Secret of Fatima, and the Church devising schemes that could and would destroy the faithful?

Since the social revolutions experienced after World War II, apostasy have come into academics, the governments, and even the pulpits.  Once Jesus was the Door, the Gate, and the Way to Eternity, preachers are now teaching a multiple option approach that undermines the central doctrine of the Gospels.

Why?

Man have always tried to be smarter.  From attempts to unify mankind at the Tower of Babel to today via globalism, man have tried, in vain, to outsmart the Creator of the Universe.

The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, "Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!"  Psalms 2:2-3
 The Church, when in her infancy, grappled with heresies that ranged from open denial of Christ's divinity to denial of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, the Church was careful to safeguard the doctrine that were carried and taught by the apostles.  In Galatians, St. Paul the apostle, rebuked the believers for turning from the Faith to fulfilling the Gospels in the flesh by returning to the heavy yoke of the Law.

Today, the world rebukes Christians for wanting to hold to the ethical, judicial, and morally sound doctrine of the Scriptures.  Opposition to abortion, same-sex marriage, distribution of wealth, and so forth, are met with derision and ridicules.  To the world, Christians are seen as backward, outdated, outmoded, intolerant, and are worthy to be ridiculed and marginalized.

Everyday we see how truly fallen this world is.  It matters not what nations it is, each nations are grappling with its own morality, and the Church at the top of her hierarchy are crumbling under the weight of the heresy of modernism.

The attack against Christians are not just directed toward visible leaders of the Faith, whether it is Pope Francis, Patriarch Kirill, or evangelical leaders such as Franklin Graham, it is a direct, blatant, and demonic assault against the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Trinity.

Recall, then, the words of Jesus Christ, "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you,"  (John 15:18).

Again, the attacks that are directed toward the believers are, in fact, open assault against the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

When Christians turns against other Christians in the name of tolerance, they are exposing bare themselves to be of the world instead of the Father.   To follow Christ is to follow a narrow way of living that offers no hospitality to compromise.  

Fortunately, the Father already responded to all of this.
He who sits in the heavens laughs, the Lord scoffs at them.  Then He will speak to them in His anger and terrify them in His fury, saying, "But as for Me, I have installed My King upon Zion, My holy mountain."  Psalms 2:4-6

 Just as the Father saw that man would succeed in reaching the heavens when they purposed to build a tower and caused confusion with multiple language and put an end to the project, the Father foresaw that nations, connected by an invisible tower of the Internet that is never turned off, will attempt to rebuild the Tower of Babel through globalism.  The Father already foreknew this.

The rise of nationalism is evident.  Indeed, nationalism are seen as something of a dirty word in an overreaction to the horror of the Nationalist Socialist of Germany during World War II, there is something else.  There is an ungodly nationalism and a godly nationalism.  The ungodly teaches that the State is a god.  The godly nationalism acknowledges there is a God and He is enthroned in the heavens.

Thus, nationalism is an instinctive reaction to preserve something.  The growing hostility toward globalism is growing through populism.  The world calls that evil.  Thus, it behooves Christians to think the opposite.  What God begun at the Tower of Babel by scattering the peoples to their own languages and custom, God finished at the Cross when the Son cried, "It is finished!"

The Great Commission was not to break down nations, but to bring nations toward the King.  When a nation honors the King, God blesses it.  When a nation chooses to dishonors the King, God brings chastisement.

The Old Testament testifies of this.  Thus, God has never changed.  The desires of God is to have disciples from all nations.  When the Mass begins, it matters not what tribe one belongs to, or what flag they swear an oath to, Christ is exalted.  In many tongues, the Son is glorified in order for the Father to be glorified.

It is at Mass that:

[..] you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.  Hebrews 12:22-24

The Mass gives, for a short time, the glimpse of the heavenly Mount Zion where the Church Triumphant resides.

The Mass is where the Church Militant resides as it engages in instruction, training, and spiritual battle against the forces of darkness (cf. Ephesians 6:12) that seeks to ruin souls.  The Mass celebrates and remember the ultimate price the Son of God paid for our pardon of sins.  The Mass also confesses daily that Jesus is God's only begotten Son.

"I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:  He said to Me, 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.  Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession.  You shall break them with a rod of iron.'"  Psalms 2:7-9
The Father declared that Jesus is already God's Son.  Sadly, Christians, like some have done in the ancient first few centuries, have openly begun to deny that Jesus is God's Son.  They argue through sophism that Jesus never outright declared Himself to be God's Son.  Their ears have grown heavy and dull they no longer hear the truth.  Jesus never tried to correct those who misunderstood.  He spoke and let His words speaks for themselves.  Those who desires the truth shall find it.

The Father promised the Son the nations to be His inheritance.  Indeed, the Lord spoke and said:
All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.  Matthew 28:18-20
It is a tie in to the parable of talents.  The Lord issued the talents in order when He returns to collect interest, from out all the nations from the day the Great Commission was issued to His return, He would then receive His just inheritance.  Just as in the parable, the Lord warned in the Psalms and warned again in the Apocalypse (Revelation), He will execute judgement upon the rebellion.

The rebellion is not limited to just nations, governments, academics, and everyday people, but to within the Church - whether one is a cardinal, archbishop, bishop, priest, or lay leader - God is impartial in His judgement.  The Gospels and Apocalypse shows a weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth of the doomed souls.

Finally, Psalms 2 closes:

Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; take warnings, O judges of the earth.  Worship the Lord with reverence and rejoice with trembling.  Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath may soon be kindled.  How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!  Psalms 2:10-12
Yes, the Apocalypse have painted bleak pictures of mankind's future in their rebellion against God.  Even the Third Secret of Fatima contain a sad picture of what awaits mankind for refusing to repent.  God's love gave the world advanced warning of His judgement.  Man will always seek to blame God, whether he believes there is a God or not.  Even Fatima's words mirrors the last line of Psalms 2, "How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!"  The Mother of God simply wants us to take refugees in the One Savior who once said, "How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings," (Matthew 23:37b).

It is in Jesus and through the prayers of the Blessed Virgin, the Mother of God, that we all, as adopted children of Jesus, we find comfort in the midst of sorrow, trials, and tribulations.


O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Amen.