I was a bit disappointed by attendance at Mass this morning, Saturday is not normally that good but I thought for the Holy Souls it might be better.
It strikes me there is a lot of confusion about our end, and consequently about the 'ends' of the Church and of Jesus Christ himself. What I mean is simply; why did Jesus come, what did he achieve? His Death and Resurrection according to survey after survey are a source of confusion. One well known Prelate who writes regularly for a Catholic newspaper seems to deny the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ without correction from any Bishop. It is is a not uncommon minimisation of what scripture and Tradition reveals. So many organisation within the Church seem more concerned with changing Church structures, discipline and doctrine. The Vatican Council above all was concerned about the return to kerygma, the central proclamation of Christianity: that Christ has come to Redeem us (see 1 Corintians 15 below). Christianity is about redemption and salvation above all. If we fail to see that then the Church really has no purpose, and we are left directionless as Christians.
Christ's death and resurrection opens Heaven for us, it is an act by God of recreation, it is essential that we understand it in the way it is presented in Revelation together with the subsequent doctrines of Judgement, Heaven and Hell, the Communion of Saints etc. To minimise or to substitute that for some modern speculative theology, for example Fr Robert Baron's 'hell exists but it could be empty', or Chardin's 'cosmic Christ' or Rhanner's 'anonymous Christians' does serious damage to Christianity at its very core. Ultimate what is being said is Christ has done nothing and he and his mission are unimportant.
" I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." If we loose sight of that we lose sight of everything.
 Now I make known unto you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand;  By which also you are saved, if you hold fast after what manner I preached unto you, unless you have believed in vain.  For I delivered unto you first of all, which I also received: how that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures:  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day, according to the scriptures:  And that he was seen by Cephas; and after that by the eleven.
 Then he was seen by more than five hundred brethren at once: of whom many remain until this present, and some are fallen asleep.  After that, he was seen by James, then by all the apostles.  And last of all, he was seen also by me, as by one born out of due time.  For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  But by the grace of God, I am what I am; and his grace in me hath not been void, but I have laboured more abundantly than all they: yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
 For whether I, or they, so we preach, and so you have believed.  Now if Christ be preached, that he arose again from the dead, how do some among you say, that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen again.  And if Christ be not risen again, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.  Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God: because we have given testimony against God, that he hath raised up Christ; whom he hath not raised up, if the dead rise not again.
 For if the dead rise not again, neither is Christ risen again.  And if Christ be not risen again, your faith is vain, for you are yet in your sins.  Then they also that are fallen asleep in Christ, are perished.  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.  But now Christ is risen from the dead, the firstfruits of them that sleep:
 For by a man came death, and by a man the resurrection of the dead.  And as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.