My eye was drawn first to the line in today’s gospel reading that says, “Why do you harbor evil thoughts?” When I read the comments from both sides of dissension in the news of today’s world, that is the thought that goes through my mind – why is it so easy for people to harbor evil thoughts against each other, rather than doing as the Father wants from us and just loving each other, living a life of prayer, and following Christ.
We live in a disposable and superficial world, where we act first and think later. We want to have what we want, do what we want, and say what we want, with no regard to kindness, respect, or mutual affection for anyone else. It is a selfish society. And in that society it is easier to do what you want, rather than do as the Father has asked – love one another; feed the hungry, clothe the naked, or comfort the sorrowful; live your vocation, whether you are single, married, a priest or a religious.
Where is humility, charity and brotherly love today? They still appear as a paralytic on a stretcher, the person reaching out to us for support, crying out for love and mercy, wanting to take that first step toward the glory of a loving God.
Patty Masson supports the Passionists from Spring, Texas.