Cardinal Rivera to priests: Transform society with the light of the Gospel
Mexico City, Mexico, Oct 11, 2010 / 10:01 pm (CNA).- Mexican priests must resist growing efforts to build a society without the guidance of the Gospel, said Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City.
“The Church exists to be the light of the world,” he told an Oct. 5-6 assembly of priests.
There is a temptation for priests to focus only on liturgical, sacramental and internal Church matters, Cardinal Rivera said. But the Church has a duty for the evangelization of all “temporal realities” of Mexican culture and society.
“We have a great responsibility to form others … to imbue our culture with Gospel values,” he said.
He added: “In many places there is no one to bear witness, to strongly defend or to explain with valid arguments so many issues that would help Mexico take a different direction,” he said.
The Church’s witness must include defending human rights and concrete works of charity and social development, Cardinal Rivera said. In addition, the Church must strive to illuminate and transform all areas of society with the “leaven” of the Gospel.
Certainly His Eminence is right. At the same time, our liturgical worship remains the tip of the spear.
As I read this what came to mind was how after the Council the texts for the Mass for the Feast of Christ the King, Solemnity in the new calendar, were radically changed. The older texts are grounded in the belief that Christ is the Kind of this world and all structures of this world in the here and now. The new texts stress an eschatological kingship.