He sounds like a disgruntled Roman Catholic lay person.

This unhappy worshiper reports,

I was on vacation once and I attended Sunday Mass and sat in the pew. I must confess that I left Mass uninspired. If all there were was the homily/sermon, I would have felt I was not fed at all. Thank God we have the Eucharist that is not dependent on the priest’s preparedness or giftedness.

This priest just fussed about sex the whole time he spoke after the Gospel. He condemned the divorced and remarried, the gays who want to get married, those who use contraceptives, the fornicators and the adulterers. And how the priest saw any of those topics presented in the Scripture passages read that Sunday is beyond me. There was no good news — just fussing! And it was not edifying!

Or, perhaps the writer is just a radical fringe complainer trying to undermine the traditions and practices of a church to which he is not committed.

The Christianity that Jesus set up is not issue-centered. It is relationship centered: our relationship with God, God’s with us, and ours with each other person. That is the most important aspect of Christianity — a relationship with Jesus and with one another; and that is what is so important for you and for me to start with. Sometimes I think we believe if we just cross every T and dot every I, we are good Christians. No, not necessarily, but we are law abiding.

A good Christian is one who works on a relationship with Jesus, who seeks to get to know him more and more, who falls in love with Jesus. Right behavior will follow suit, but the reason for the right behavior is love, not fear or hate. The starting point for the Christian has to be love of Jesus and love of one another.


But no, these words do not come from a critic outside the Roman Church or a disgruntled pew-sitter within. These comments come from Monseignor Keith DeRouen, a Roman Catholic priest and the pastor of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Opelousas, Louisiana.

Father DeRouen concludes,

Love is the good news we need to hear; love is the good news we need to live day in and day out. And from love, good always follows.

This is a doctrine upon which most people, be they Roman Catholic, Protestant, or spiritually of no-fixed-address, can probably agree.

There are too many tangents to fuss about. It is distressingly easy for the good news to get lost in the blind alleys about which we so easily become obsessed.

When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment, a question he might have been anticipated to dodge, he answered clearly and forthrightly,

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’ (Matthew 22:37-39)

Jesus seems to agree with Monseignor DeRouen that good news “hangs” on the instruction to love.