Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
June 19, 2019
Today, in Mercy, Jesus and Paul offer us lessons in character, something sorely needed in today’s world.
Sometimes I think I’m just getting old, but I feel like our culture has abandoned the pursuit of “character”.
Who are the models held up for our children? Overpaid, spoiled sports icons? Fat cat, indifferent politicians? Grossly sexualized entertainers? Self-indulgent religious and civic officials?
What are the messages our kids receive through our media? Unless you are the richest, the strongest, the flashiest, the cleverest, etc., you fail?
What about us adults? We are bombarded with these messages too. What do we begin to believe about ourselves and who we should be in the world?
Today our readings tell us this: Be upright, gracious, merciful and just. Be generous, humble and brave without needing to be recognized for it. Be honest, sincere, and wise. Wow! Are you kidding me?
As we continue to nourish our character, as we help our children build theirs, there are many blocks to choose from. We can turn every experience, act and choice either to light or to darkness, either to self or to God.
As we pray these readings today, let us ask for the grace to see ourselves clearly with God’s eyes- always true and always merciful. Let us ask for the courage and character to be someone God delights to see.
Music: Sanctify Me, O God – Rexband