We are gathered here because of one man -- a man known personally to many of us, known only by reputation to even more. A man loved by many, scorned by others. A man known for great controversy and for great compassion. That man, of course, is Jesus of Nazareth.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Yesterday, at the funeral for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, I thought that the Catholic Church really put her best foot forward. Whoever watched or attended that funeral got to see beautiful liturgy with the politics absolutely removed. Fr. Paul Scalia, Justice Scalia's son, delivered a moving, unapologetic, Christ-centered homily. I highly recommend you listen to the homily, it starts at about 1:32:30. It's pretty common to greet the ecclesiastical dignitaries by name, which Fr. Scalia did, but I loved that he summed up the entire Supreme Court, the Vice President, numerous Senators and Congressmen, and presidential candidates with, "distinguished guests." This funeral wasn't about them, it was about Jesus, and that was made evident with the real money quote from the sermon: