Jesus said to the the deaf mute “Ephpheta”, which means “Be thou opened.” At that moment the poor man could hear and speak. In the traditional rite of Baptism the priest repeats these words of our Lord over the infant and also touches the ears and mouth of the little one. We not only pray that the one baptized will be free in Christ to fully live the Gospel, but we know that Baptism genuinely liberates him from Original Sin and actually puts him in communion with the Most Blessed Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. As Christians we are proud of our faith. We pray for the courage to stand up for what is right and to oppose that which is wrong. We know that the truth is not determined by opinion polls. Since we can hear differently we must speak differently, act differently, live differently. We listen to the Lord and repeat His teachings to others. But what is the message? What teachings? Who is this Jesus the Christ? Where is His Church to be found? What must I do to get to heaven? What is asked of me? What really is the meaning of life? Is life really worth living?
Faith is personal, but must have objective content. We don’t just believe anything. That is what some are now doing and that is not Faith. In fact, there are those who have put themselves in the place of God, just as Adam and Eve did. No, there is a Deposit of Faith, Revelation, handed down to us from the time of the apostles through the successors of the apostles. We embrace the Faith professed by St. Peter when He professed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. This is the Faith of all time. St. Paul writes about this type of Faith in 1 Corinthians 15: 3a, which is the epistle at Mass this Sunday: “For I delivered unto you first of all, which I also received.” We call this Sacred Tradition, which actually is the Faith and Morals of all times, all places, for all people taught to us by the Lord Jesus Christ and then handed down and preserved unchanged by the power of the Holy Spirit through His Holy Church down through the centuries. It is that Faith we celebrate at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and which we profess. May we live and die in our Holy Roman Catholic Faith. “Faith of our Fathers, Holy Faith; we will be true to thee till death.”
Fr. Mark G. Mazza, Pastor
Chaplain to the Traditional Latin Mass Society