Tag: alone

Homily for Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Why me? I imagine that everyone has had a moment when they asked themselves this question. Those times when not only is it the case that nothing is going right, but even worse, when it appears to us that we have been singled out for particularly awful treatment. We can believe that we have been abandoned completely, even by God.

This is the feeling that could arise if we found ourselves in the situation described in the first reading. Consider Gideon’s question: “My Lord, if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us?” I have certainly felt times in my life where I feel like Gideon. If I am serving the Lord, why is it the case that such difficult things are happening to me? Why do I not seem to be getting some credit when I believe I am clearly following the path of the Lord?

Indeed, being delivered into the power of the enemy might be causing just these questions to be asked by the Christians in the Middle East who are being slaughtered and oppressed at the hands of ISIS. It is certainly understandable. There may be a special kind of suffering that comes for these persecuted Christians today because the world seems to take little or no notice.

Homily for Monday, August 17, 2015

Among the most difficult rejections that parents may face is when the faith which is so important to them is not embraced by their adult children. There is a special kind of suffering that comes for parents in this situation. How can it be that something that is so important to them not be embraced by the children they love? How hard indeed.

Yet this is precisely what happens in the first reading when the Israelites turn away from God to serve the Baals. Despite all that God has done for his people, they turn away. They cannot embrace the way of life God has given to them, despite all of the marvels God has performed again and again.

Despite the power of God that had been witnessed, the desire to “fit in” with those nations around them proved too strong to resist. But when they turned their back upon God and were led astray, what happened? Was it not precisely that they found themselves lost, oppressed and abandoned?

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