RORATE CÆLI: Prayer, the Key to Salvation

Sandro Botticcelli’s The Punishment of Korah and the Stoning of Moses and Aaron from the Sistine Chapel Rome

 

“The Jews, therefore, murmured at Him, because He had said: I am the living bread which came down from heaven.” (John vi. 41.) “This murmuring at the doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ is,” says St. Cyrillus, “the inheritance which was bequeathed to the Jews by their forefathers, who lived at the time of Moses.”

Would to God that this inheritance had been transmitted to the Jews only; but, alas! there is no class of men which is free from such murmurers. Our Lord’s doctrine is murmured at by infidels when they hear Him say: “He that believeth not shall be condemned” (Mark xvi. 16) …”because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John iii. 18.)

The doctrine of our Lord is murmured at by Protestants, when He declares: “Not every one that saith to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doth the will of My Father who is in Heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. vii. 21.) The will of God has not been taught by Luther, or Calvin, or Henry VIII, or John Wesley, or by another man who invented certain doctrines, and founded a sect according to his own private notions, but it has been taught by Me, the Son of God, Who have charged Peter and his lawful successors to do the same. Upon him I have built My Church; to him and his lawful successors I have said: “He who heareth you heareth Me, and he that despiseth you despiseth Me, and he who despiseth Me despiseth Him that sent Me.” One who does not do this will be condemned. “There is a way [the Protestant religion] that seemeth to a man right, and the ends therefore lead to death.” (Prov. xvi. 25.)

Sinners murmur when our Blessed Saviour preaches: “I say to you that unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish.” (Luke xiii. 3.) The rich also complain, when He threatens “Woe to you that are rich, for you have your consolation.” (Luke vi. 24.) The poor are dissatisfied when He teaches: “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” (Math, v. 3.) The learned reject His doctrine when he warns: “Amen I say to you: unless you be converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Math. xviii. 3.) The young are displeased when He exclaims, “Woe to you that now laugh, for you shall mourn and weep.” (Luke vi. 25.) Those who are tempted or afflicted, murmur when He exhorts them by His words and example: “Not my will but Thine be done.” (Luke xxii. 42.) The lukewarm are displeased when He tells them: “Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of My mouth.” (Apoc. iii. 16.) Finally, the greater part of men murmur at our Lord, when He teaches: “The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent bear it away.” (Matt. xi. 12.) They complain with the unfaithful disciples of our Lord, “these are hard sayings who can hear them.” (John vi. 61.)

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