Friday July 6, 2018

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I will be brief this morning as I am heading into work.  We celebrated FFF the other day and for me, that fest continues on again today as my brothers Jim, Jay and my son Richard are afforded the opportunity to play St. Albans (golf).

Our readings this morning cry out three things to me…love of God, love of neighbor and love of the sinner.

Hear this, you who trample upon the needy
and destroy the poor of the land!…

Yes, days are coming, says the Lord GOD,
when I will send famine upon the land:
Not a famine of bread, or thirst for water,
but for hearing the word of the LORD.
Then shall they wander from sea to sea
and rove from the north to the east
In search of the word of the LORD,
but they shall not find it.

I might have yada yada yada’d over the meat of the reading, so make sure you read what it is that causes the Lord’s righteous anger.  Spoiler alert – it’s about those who have wanting more and taking it from those who have little.  Think back to the end of our first reading on Sunday from St. Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians…

Not that others should have relief while you are burdened,
but that as a matter of equality
your abundance at the present time should supply their needs,
so that their abundance may also supply your needs,
that there may be equality.
As it is written:
Whoever had much did not have more,
and whoever had little did not have less.

Our Psalm today is all about the commandments (and the commandments are all about?)…

Responsorial PsalmPS 119:2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 131

R.    (Matthew 4:4) One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Blessed are they who observe his decrees,
who seek him with all their heart. R
With all my heart I seek you;
let me not stray from your commands. R
My soul is consumed with longing
for your ordinances at all times. R
The way of truth I have chosen;
I have set your ordinances before me. R
Behold, I long for your precepts;
in your justice give me life. R
I gasp with open mouth
in my yearning for your commands. R
Today’s Gospel reminds me of a situation Cardinal Dolan (of New York City) found himself in a few years ago when he upheld a long standing tradition for the City of New York and hosted both candidates for presidency at a dinner gala.  He was seen having a nice evening with both Donald Trump and Barack Obama. The ironic thing about this was that both sides of the political spectrum could be seen as the Pharisee’s mentioned in today’s Gospel…both left and right were crying “scandal” and “shame” as the Cardinal dined with his “unrighteous” guests.
The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples,
“Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
He heard this and said,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
Go and learn the meaning of the words,
I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”
So who was in the right that night and who was in the wrong?  In all honesty, I was one of the many thinking “scandal”, “shame” and I was wrong.  I am a sinner, I am sick and in need of the physician.  By the way Cardinal Dolan – I am free for dinner next Friday.
Do something great for our Lord today – have a meal and break bread with a sinner today – go to Mass.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.

 

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