The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. The LORD redeems the lives of his servants; no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to blog about this morning – which is nothing unusual. Then I read the first reading and thought – wow, I don’t know who ZEP is! It was a rather dire reading, so taking full advantage of the USCCB’s hyperlinks, I hit it and it took me to the Book of Zephaniah – a prophet from around the time of 640 – 609 BC. If you’re on the website today or if you have your Bible open, read the intro to this book of the Bible. I found it rather interesting but I’m not going to blog about that.

I then read the Psalm and thought, Christmas is coming and the Psalm proclaims “The Lord hears the cry of the poor.” and I thought, there you go, blog about making tithes to help out those in need this year – especially this year and especially now. But, no, I’m not going to blog about that because then I read the Gospel and the Spirit washed me over with the following thought. It relates back to my siblings daily texting and my brother wanted to try to understand what it was that made so many people so passionate about our current political situation. I read every response given by my brothers and my Aunt, but never really felt the need to respond, taking the advice my dad once offered me…”Tis better to be silent and thought a fool then to open your mouth and remove all doubt”.

So after reading the Gospel this morning, it were these thoughts that flooded my head. Fr. Siefert refers to thinking like this as “Prep North Philosophy”. It is not meant to start a fight but to explain how one can be passionate about something. My thoughts this morning.

A certain Country had two leaders…

One, who in his early years was a womanizer, a man who had his best interests at heart and did everything in his power to exploit people to build his business. A crass man; a man who supported the woman’s right to an abortion. He then tried running as leader of his Country (more than once) and during the campaign that won him the leadership, he made promises that he had changed and was no longer that “man”. His language was still gruff and many people didn’t believe the promises he was making but nevertheless, he became the elected leader. Under his leadership, he kept his promise of protecting what many believe to be the most innocent and vulnerable among us – the unborn.

The second was a humble man who was devout to his faith and went to Mass every Sunday. He professed to do good not only for his family, but for his Country and he too ran for office against the first man. In his career he also professed to support abortions and the killing of the innocent and in his campaign, promised to do everything he could to support this law of abortion.

After a very heated and contested election, the second was made the leader of his Country. As he promised, he then appointed to his cabinet many people to who would support his promise of protecting the pro-choice laws.

So I think – and I ask – which of the two did the Father’s will?

And as I pray each morning for the President and our Country; for the just and moral leadership of all who govern us…

It is my hope that four years from now I can say both men did the will of our Heavenly Father.

Do something great for our Lord today. Pray for our leaders. Pray for their just and moral leadership. Pray for the Unborn – the most vulnerable and innocent among us. Pray for the “conservatives” and the “liberals”; the “gay” and the “straight”; the “black” and the “white” or any other conflicting example you can think of this morning. We are ALL made in the image and likeness of God the Father; we are ALL given the opportunity of salvation through the Sacrifice of Christ His Son and we are ALL given the chance to have the Holy Spirit guide us and inspire us. To steal from a wise philosopher who gave this rule to his children…”We are a family; behave as one.”

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.

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