Saturday, March 29, 2014

Convinced Of Their Own Righteousness

“Let us know, let us strive to know the LORD; as certain as the dawn is his coming, and his judgment shines forth like the light of day!  He will come to us like the rain, like spring rain that waters the earth.”  Hosea 6:3

Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.  Luke 18:9

Let us use our remaining Lenten Journey to research and examine our ways in order to return to the LORD.  When we admit our inside sins, He will heal us and bind our wounds – be they physical, emotional, mental or spiritual – so that we may live in his presence. Amen.

St. Luke gives us a new Beatitude today. “Blessed are those who are convinced of their own righteousness and who despise everyone else.”  That kind of attitude – be it one which expects that we are entitled to some benefit or one that passes judgment upon others – is not a disposition which will get us closer to walking with the Lord. 

Our “study” or people and our environment reveals countless stories of people who put themselves second and others first.  In the sad stories coming out of Oso, Washington, one such story was on the man who admonished his rescuers to leave him alone and to go to save his wife.  Unfortunately, she had already perished in the mudslide.  Think also of the frustrated participants in the massive search in the south Indian Ocean who have been looking in vain for more than three weeks to spot any remnants of MH370.  Every few days, a new radar clue changes the field in which they are searching.  They fly out in the cold dark morning hours, scan the blindly similar ocean waters all day, only to return as frustrated as the disciples in their boat with empty nets.  This morning’s newspaper reveals some promising clues but still nothing definitive.

Maybe some of the attitude about self-righteousness is a clue to the political and ideological divisions which plaque our environment.  Perhaps if we all adopted an attitude that puts the emphasis on Catholic Social Teachings rather than cable-television driven thinking, we could accomplish more together to serve those who truly need help. 

When a disaster like the mudslide or the MH370 flight occur, people respond to the emotion and immediacy of the news.  However, the silent and more pervasive needs in our society (hunger, homelessness, poverty, and unemployment) linger killing multiples of the number of victims of the mudslide and planeloads of passengers.  These muted killers do not get weeks upon weeks of coverage in the agenda-setting media.

How can the remaining two weeks of Lent bring about an attitude adjustment for us to serve those who truly need help? 

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