The Second Sunday of Easter celebrates the many mercies our Divine Lord has shown to us and the whole world.
The Second Sunday of Easter celebrates the many mercies our Divine Lord has shown to us and the whole world. This Sunday also is engraved in memory as the one-hundredth anniversary of the Titanic tragedy. In 1907, Captain Edward J. Smith, then captain of the Adriatic, and felicitously unaware that five years later he would command the largest moving object in the world, told a newspaper reporter:
While there have been disasters on an even greater scale, the sinking of the Titanic has become a symbol of human triumph and failure, engineered strength against the greater forces of nature, and the perils of self-confidence. Honest pride in human achievement is a form of thanks to the Creator who has made man capable of procreating, but sinful pride is the origin of all other sins when it becomes a mantle of arrogance, turning Te Deum into Te Meum. Cardinal Newman warned: "Quarry the granite rock with razors, or moor the vessel with a thread of silk; then may you hope with such keen and delicate instruments as human knowledge and human reason to contend against those giants, the passion and the pride of man."
To those who took pride in the temple of Jerusalem, Christ warned that it would be destroyed, but that He would rebuild it in three days. Those words scandalized the ones whose worship of God was distracted by the gold on His altar. But everything our Lord said came true. It may be that the unnamed "young man" who was seized by the guards along with Jesus in the Garden of Olives, but slipped out of his linen cloth and escaped naked, was Mark himself, who recorded the embarrassing detail. His world was as tumultuous as ours, with ships sinking and buildings falling, but he rejoiced to see his crucified Lord alive again and remembered that Jesus had said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall never pass away" (Mark 13:31).
Father George William Rutler. "The mercy of God and the pride of life." From the Pastor (April 15, 2012).
Reprinted with permission of Father George W. Rutler.
Since 1988 his weekly television program has been broadcast worldwide on EWTN. Father Rutler has published 17 books, including: Cloud of Witnesses - Dead People I Knew When They Were Alive, Coincidentally: Unserious Reflections on Trivial Connections, A Crisis of Saints: Essays on People and Principles, Brightest and Best, Saint John Vianney: The Cure D'Ars Today, Crisis in Culture, and Adam Danced: The Cross and the Seven Deadly Sins.
Copyright © 2012 Father George W. Rutler
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