This excerpt from the thirteenth chapter of the Book of Zacharias keeps returning to my mind over the past week or so. He speaks a few hundred years before Jesus, and I can guess that since he wrote this people have been able to apply it to their times. Perhaps, he speaks to all ages, to explain how mankind is divided, most turned away from worshiping God.
The fountain of Christ. Idols and false prophets shall be extirpated: Christ shall suffer: his people shall be tried by fire.
 In that day there shall be a fountain open to the house of David, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem: for the washing of the sinner, and of the unclean woman.  And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will destroy the names of idols out of the earth, and they shall be remembered no more: and I will take away the false prophets, and the unclean spirit out of the earth.  And it shall come to pass, that when any man shall prophesy any more, his father and his mother that brought him into the world, shall say to him: Thou shalt not live: because thou hast spoken a lie in the name of the Lord. And his father, and his mother, his parents, shall thrust him through, when he shall prophesy.  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be confounded, every one by his own vision, when he shall prophesy, neither shall they be clad with a garment of sackcloth, to deceive:  But he shall say: I am no prophet, I am a husbandman: for Adam is my example from my youth.
 And they shall say to him: What are these wounds in the midst of thy hands? And he shall say: With these I was wounded in the house of them that loved me.  Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that cleaveth to me, saith the Lord of hosts: strike the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn my hand to the little ones.  And there shall be in all the earth, saith the Lord, two parts in it shall be scattered, and shall perish: but the third part shall be left therein.  And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined: and I will try them as gold is tried. They shall call on my name, and I will hear them. I will say: Thou art my people: and they shall say: The Lord is my God.
The world does seem divided into thirds: one third is Christian, one third is mohamedan, and one third is an amalgam of pagan, Jew, and athiest.
However, this keeps coming to mind as I reflect on the Church, particularly where I read the last four sentences. This so fits the state of the Church today, and probably always. Of course, I put myself in the third part left! I hope and pray fervently that I will and would want to always remain there.
I’m not a mystic, and I don’t get messages, see apparitions, have visions, or hear voices as others claim. Yet, sometimes, I am drawn to holy things very strongly that I can’t just pass by and soon forget, and I am compelled to dwell on them, such as a scriptural passage like this. Difficult as it may be to explain to others, they can be very poignant to help me understand what’s going on in my interior life or my immediate exterior environment. If I get some strong sense of peace after contemplating them, I take it that I was led to it for my edification. I know I am not alone in this kind of experience, but I also don’t want to be my own magisterium, and fool myself in believing I have had some private revelation.
Faith is not easy.