With Christmas only nine days away, I thought I’d share something with you that I received in the mail. The local Lutheran church sent out postcards to probably everyone in the area inviting them to Christmas services. While the gesture appears to be kind, one thing caught my eye. “Welcome Home to Jesus” was their opening line to invite you. Upon seeing this, I immediately thought “huh, I didn’t know they had Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.”
Obviously, they don’t, which is why I found the choice of words ironic. The only Church that can honestly claim that they have Jesus Christ, physically present, is the Catholic Church (no, I’m not discussing the Churches who have apostolic authority but are in schism). It is also worth noting that only those who are members of the Catholic Church will be making the trip to Heaven, extra ecclesiam nulla salus.
The invitation continues: “Join us this Christmas and each Sunday as we worship our Savior and live our faith as a welcoming community.” The fun part about “welcoming community” with this church is that they are very gay-friendly, with 80% of their congregation voting for gay marriage.
While we have but only a handful of days before we await the joyful birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, I want to remind and urge you to get to confession. Christ came to make all things new, and through the Sacrament of Confession, we can give our sins to Jesus, so that we may return to the state of grace. To go to Heaven, we must be in the state of grace. Mortal sin kills the soul and severs our ties with God. Confessing our mortal sins with a contrite heart will heal this tie and allow us to have a chance at eternal life.
We should also spend this time preparing for the Lord by assisting the poor as we can, pray for the dead, help the sick, and performing the other spiritual and corporal works of mercy. I would also ask that you pray for the Pope and all of the clergy, as it is clear we are dealing with a modernist infestation at all levels.