“God’s grace and truth must always be at the center of our life. This is common sense.” Rev. Walter Quinn
Today I attended Mass at Priests for Life at our monthly administrative meeting where Father Walter Quinn delivered the homily. I was truly blessed to hear him confirm what had come to me earlier this morning during my daily Bible reading and meditation. In reading Ezekiel 30, I reflected on this passage:
Ezekiel 30: 17 The young men…will die in battle,
and the women will be taken away as slaves. (NLT)
I was immediately reminded of the ongoing battle to end legal abortion in America and around the world, as well as the increase of human trafficking where our brothers and sisters are being sold into slavery as human commodities traded as objects of sexual depravity, and even in some cases having their lives sacrificed so that their organs and body parts can be bartered.
Then haunting images of the typhoon ravaged Philippines loomed large in my thoughts as Father Quinn reminded us that Jesus is the answer to our problems. There seems to be a blindness, a disconnect in the minds and hearts of the people who don’t understand that disasters of any sort are not natural, but are brought to bear because of human beings failing to treat others as we wish to be treated.
We squabble over racism and ethnic issues, sexual issues, family issues and so many questions without truly seeking the common and natural answer.
There is another scripture that surfaces in my heart as I gain insight, courage and hope from time spent with God and then reflecting on His message from Father Quinn. Where sin abounds, grace abounds that much more:
Romans 5:20 God’s law was given so that all people could see
how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more,
God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. (NLT)
And another; don’t be overcome by evil; overcome evil with good (for God is Good!).
Romans 12: 21 Don’t let evil conquer you;
instead, conquer evil by doing good. (NLTm)
For some reason, during Thanksgiving and Christmas my heart opens wider to include those who might be having a hard time and are suffering while others are enjoying God’s bounty. As my heart opens up to them, the holidays become sweeter. Knowing that I have one gift that I can give to everyone – and that gift is the knowledge of God’s love for them makes hope abound in the midst of despair.
So I invite you to join me during this season of delivering hope and love through prayer and giving. It will make the world brighter and our own burdens lighter.