This evening, I heard something insightful.
When Christ was on Earth in his final mortal hours, if one had seen Him getting beaten, mocked, and dangling from a Roman cross, there'd be the impression that Jesus was a pathetic, withered, earthly man in the middle of a horrible episode of suffering at the end of his mortal life. He did not appear to be God. And most in the crowd did not acknowledge that this was God on Earth. Christ did not look like God on Earth in those moments. So people went forward with mocking him, asking for his suffering and death, jeering and shouting.
Now we see the Church is in the same situation. She is bloodied. She is suffering. People mock Her and ask for Her suffering and death. The faithless jeer and ridicule the Church. People do not recognize the Church as God's Institution on Earth. And so, we have a large set of people who are missing the point entirely.
Christ wanted His followers near Him in those horrible final hours. Yet, they were not there with Him.
How many times have you said to yourself: "If I could go back in time, I would have been with Jesus until the bitter end."
Well, now the Holy Spirit desires our presence with the Catholic Church of God in these horrible (and possibly final) hours. Shall it be that here, too, God will be abandoned once again?