It can be quite difficult when we spend even a little bit of time considering the news. There simply is so much bad news going on in our world right now. In fact it can seem almost overwhelming. Will things ever get better? Will we ever make progress against those problems that have been with us since the beginning of time? Will we be able to change behaviors that cause people to go without even the basic necessities of life? Will we be able to change those attitudes that are responsible for the deep violence we see in so many parts of our world?
The current circumstances in our world can make us feel quite helpless. These questions have not even considered those difficult circumstances that many of us face our own personal lives. We can rightly wonder where God is in the midst of all of this. The temptation in the Western world is to sit down and work out those types of actions that we can take, programs that we can create to tackle these difficult problems.
In fact, even a cursory look at recent history suggests that such an approach will, and, also leads almost always, to our inability to solve the long-standing problems. And so perhaps today’s readings are challenging us to look at the situation that we face in our world in different ways. Because perhaps the problem lies in the very reality that we try to do everything ourselves.