Sunday, May 8, 2011
The Road To Emmaus Goes Through The Diocese Of Toowoomba
The Gospel reading for today is the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. It's always been one of my favorites, partly because Jesus does sort of sneak up on one sometimes and then leaves you to deal with the consequences. I was thinking this morning that if such an event happened in this day and age many of us might not return and tell our current cast of apostolic descendants. Mostly because it would be a waste of time. They would not be predisposed to listen. I suspect our hypothetical two disciples today would have to take Jesus back in the flesh with them and even then, Jesus would have a very difficult time proving He was who said He was. I doubt merely breaking some bread would do the trick. That's assuming any of them could get past the Swiss Guard.
Catholica Australia is currently running two statements from the leadership of the priests of Bishop Morris's Diocese of Toowoomba. This one is a general reflection and this one is the specific time line of Bishop Morris's interaction with three Vatican Dicasteries and two popes. The second gives a unique perspective on the last eighteen years in Roman Catholicism. I came away convinced that doctrinal purity is nothing more than a window dressing for religious totalitarianism. Which I guess is why I had the thoughts about the two disciples on the road to Emmaus and how little success they would have today. Especially if one of them was a woman.