Amazed at their lack of faith

Hear these words of Archbishop Blasé Cupich of Chicago as he commented on two recent rulings of the US Supreme Court — one on ObamaCare and the other on same-gender marriages:

“When [a family has a crisis], when they have something new happening, a good, mature serene family says, ‘Ok, take a breath, everybody. We’re all in this together. We’re going to help each other.”

Archbishop Cupich called for “mature and serene reflections” over the ruling on same-gender marriages.

Wow!! What a healthy and balanced response. Archbishop Cupich spoke a man of faith, a man of trust, a man of openness, a man listening for guidance from the Holy Spirit.

How different was his statement of so many bishops and religious leaders who predicted that civilization was coming to an end — that the sky was falling — that the world was about to end. These are sentiments of fear! These are statements lacking in faith.

Donald Trump’s statements regarding Mexican immigrants are thoughts of ignorance and fear, not faith. We heard the same voices when inter-racial marriage was legalized and when school segregation ended.

Did you have a chance to see any part of President Obama’s eulogy delivered at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston? In the midst of great loss and tragedy — there was so much hope, so much promise, so much commitment. What a great celebration of faith!!

Those who trust in themselves have reason to fear. Those who believe that their power is being diminished have cause to worry. Those who rely on old words, old ways, and their human positions are going to “lose” over and over again. Those who think they alone possess the TRUTH will come to realize that others are listening for the word of God and that they too can discern truth.

In the Gospel [Mark 6:1-6] people were amazed at the wisdom of Jesus. They had never seen anything like it before. He was a mere “Carpenter’s son.” They were the religious elite and their followers. They knew his family … and took OFFENSE at him. The powerful failed to see a prophet in their midst ….and except for healing a few sick folks…he could do little in their midst.

For those who rely on their power, their positions, their traditions — it is so sad. Where is their faith??
Personally, I am amazed at their lack of faith.

Could it be that God is doing something new in our midst? Could it be that there are prophets in our midst and that there are too many obstinate hearts and joy-less faces who fail to heed their call?

The rebellious folks just might not be those who welcome something new — the rebellious hearts just might be those who are holding on to the past and failing heed the voice of the living Christ. Let us fix our faces on the Lord.

I for one do not believe the world is about to come to an end. Shootings in church, church fires, the confederate flag, same-gender marriage, and medical care for those most in need —-I am not afraid.


About thegospelforliving

Retired Catholic Priest - now serving the community as a paralegal and charter school consultant.
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