It was good to read Cardinal Dolan’s article on following Jesus’ mandate to the Church to teach and make disciples (CNY, Oct. 12), and to know how seriously he considers this mission statement from Jesus.
I was disappointed that he didn’t start off with the very essential and core opportunity of teaching the whole local body of believers: the Sunday homily.
Every Lord’s Day, the Church has a “captive audience” so to speak, who are waiting to hear (many even hungry for) a solid teaching based on the wonderful Scriptures that have just been read and recalled.
We’re eager to hear the whole, life-giving teaching that the Church has received for us. All of it—the easier, joyful parts, as well as the difficult parts.
Perhaps even being reminded from time to time: “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Matt. 7: 13-14)
Mary M. Phillips