Monday, May 15, 2006


Yesterday's Gospel reading was very apropos in light of the upcoming movie release of "The Da Vinci Code." There is an undercurrent of fear that the message of the book and the movie will cause some to lose faith in Jesus Christ and in the Church.

And most likely, it will, but mainly among Christians who were ready to let go of it anyway. Tragic, but necessary. Our Lord has already warned us of this.
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit" (John 15:1-2).

Filipino Librarian highlights the inadequacy of the response of the local Church hierarchy. But look! In contrast, the members of Opus Dei are using it this as an opportunity to respond creatively to clarify issues. Dean Jorge Bocobo says essentially the same thing, and further adds that Opus Dei will most likely see an increase in numbers.

Dean and I will fall on different sides of the three issues that he raises but I will agree with him that this will lead to a rationalization and catharsis. Very few people understand why only men can be priests, or why priests of the Roman rite have the discipline of celibacy. But more on that at another time. I hope this period of confusion will lead people to question and discover more about their faith.

Not all will accept the answers. Unfortunately, people will fall away because of The Da Vinci Code and the growing environment of spiritualistic materialism that it represents.

Nothing new, really.

After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him. Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also wish to go away?" Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."