Saturday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
September 7, 2019
Today, in Mercy, Paul references some pretty mean-spirited Colossians:
You once were alienated and hostile in mind
because of evil deeds.
Whoa! Where did these meanies come from amid all the blessed populace?
They must have been nice to be around!
All of us have been in the presence of such off-kilter people. They seem all twisted in their own negativity and judgmentalism. There is no joy in them, no warmth, no kindness. Unhappily, we may even have such a person at times.
Paul is clear on the cure for such ill-temper:
- Reconciliation through a persevering faith
- Stability in hope, grounded the Gospel
If you have ever used a GPS device while driving, you have probably had the same experience as I have. At least five annoying times per journey, the gal is my dashboard shouts:
Paul says that with our reconciliation through the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, there is no need to recalculate. As our Responsorial Psalm tells us:
I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father except through me.
Once again in our Gospel, the Pharisees try to distract from the clarity of Jesus’ message. They worry about the tiniest grains rather than the Radiant Truth in their midst. They keep trying to recalculate a route through their circuitous laws rather than opening their hearts to the Way.
It’s easy to get infected with such running around in circles. The bigness of God can be scary. We sometimes make up useless curves to avoid God’s awesomeness.
Indeed, God is a sliding board with no handrails! But, Paul assures us that we are riding it in Christ’s arms.
Music: I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life – Bob Hurd