Just a quick look around the world shows there is a lot wrong. Violence. Abuse. Greed. Poverty. Crime. What a mess. How is a Christian supposed to make sense of all this? For some, it is to write angry posts on Twitter or Facebook. For others, it is to become immersed in politics. For still others, it is to throw their hands up and say there is nothing they can do. But today’s gospel gives us a better roadmap. What does Jesus say? “Bring glad tidings to the poor.” “Proclaim liberty to captives.” “Recovery of sight to the blind.” “Let the oppressed go free.” “Proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” We should do the same.
Homily given at Saints Joachim and Ann parish, St. Charles, Missouri, on January 26, 2019.