Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19
I hate to say it, but I think old age is finally catching up with me. I live in Chicago, one of the most Catholic cities in the world, and what do I see? I see babies being shot and killed. I see church buildings that once were filled and buzzing with activity, now empty and shuttered. Public and church leaders alike insist we don’t have the money, we can’t afford the personnel. I see a public school system that spends more than ever before and yet fails to get the majority of their students through to graduation. Then I hear Pope Francis in his inauguration say the mission of the church: "means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about."
Truly, I feel like Thomas in today’s readings who says, I don’t believe and until I see Catholic politicians more concerned about making sure sick people are taken care of or school children get the care and attention they need than balancing their made up budgets, I will continue being the doubting Thomas.
Dan O’Donnell is a Passionist Partner and a longtime friend of the Passionists. He lives in Chicago.