Oct. 16, 2016 - 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
Those of us who went on the pilgrimage to Canada had the great honor of being able to visit with the Cardinal Archbishop of Quebec, Gerald Cyprien Lacroix.
Because we invited him to be a part of our 250th anniversary a year ago, he invited us to pass with him through the Door of Mercy at his Cathedral church, Notre Dame de Quebec, and then to celebrate mass.
During the homily, he said, “As a gift to each and every one of you today, I would like to give you a master key to this Cathedral and to all the Cathedrals in the world and all the churches in the world, to open for you all the doors.
“Would that be of interest to you?” he asked. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a master key that opened the doors of any church anytime?
The master key that he wanted to give us is not made out of metal. It is someone. Jesus Christ is our Master Key.
The Master Key opens the door to our hearts so that we can experience the love and mercy of God. The Master Key opens the door to our minds so that we can grow in our understanding of our faith and our church.
Jesus is our Master Key. We lift our eyes to look to Jesus. We open our ears to listen to Jesus. We ask him to unlock for us the doors that lead to God, the father of mercy, the father of love.
Why? Because Jesus is the one who opens all of the doors. Jesus is the door.
We do not have to stand outside knocking on the door. We can use the Master Key to enter. We enter into the house of God. We enter into the heart of God.
By entering into the heart of God, we draw closer to Jesus who wants to share his life with us. And Jesus invites us to share our lives with him.
Our Master Key also opens for us the scriptures. The scriptures tell us of God’s unconditional, unyielding love for us. The scriptures show us how to live and how to love. The scriptures show us how to pray.
Look at the widow in the Gospel who calls out to the unjust judge. Eventually justice is done for her. We need to call out to Jesus every day. But unlike the unjust judge, Jesus is good and just. Jesus cares about us deeply.
So if the unjust judge rules in favor of the woman because she keeps nagging him, how much more will Jesus, our Master Key, respond to us when we cry out to him in prayer.
So we can feel free to come to Jesus again and again and again and again. This is how we are to pray, like the widow, with persistence and determination. Jesus will never grow tired of us.
Those of us who went on the pilgrimage to Canada were given a precious gift, the opportunity to renew our ties with our motherland and with our friend and shepherd, the Cardinal.
He reminded us that we have all been given another, more precious gift, the Master Key to all the cathedrals and all the churches in the world.
Jesus Christ is our Master Key. He opens for us all the doors that lead to everlasting life.