What Sunday’s Homily Meant to Me

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This past Sunday’s Homily (July 1, 2012) gave me pause. The main message was that Jesus came to restore grace in the world, to restore all things to their original form, to heal the world, and to free us from the fear of death. In this age of technology, the immediate word that came to mind was REBOOT. Jesus came to “reboot” the system 2000 years ago.

Sadly, it occurs to me that we’re due for another reboot. So I’m wondering how/when/if it will happen in our lifetime. From scripture we know that Jesus’ “second coming” will only take place at the time of Final Judgment; in other words, we only get one more—and final—“reboot.” Scary thought. Scary because it would seem we have only two options: (1) we continue to struggle, muddle through this existence fraught with injustices, selfishness, natural disasters, the rape and pillage of the environment, abuse, war, genocide, etc., etc., or (2) we wait for an impending “end of it all,” with all the cataclysmic connotations such an event implies—SCARY THOUGHT!

On the other hand, a wise quote I heard this weekend goes: “in the end, everything will be alright; since things aren’t alright now, it’s not yet the end.” (From the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.) I wonder if that’s true. If that’s the case, I guess it will be a long, LONG time before “the end” comes, since it doesn’t seem that everything will “be alright” anytime soon. Either way, a no-win situation at the moment.

Further thoughts on this week’s message from our Pastor

Evil (definition): whenever we destroy the balance of God‘s creation. ALL OF IT, not just some of it as is convenient; in my opinion this includes the environment, life, animals, plants, forests, oceans, atmosphere, CLIMATE, everything that surrounds and sustains us. Whoever advocates selfish acts that destroy God’s creation is then, EVIL. Enough said about that.

Quoted from the Parish’s Bulletin [on voting]: “It is clear that one absolutely may not vote for a ‘candidate who takes a position in favor of an intrinsic evil, such as abortion or racism, if the voter‘s intent is to support that position…’ But neither can one use a candidate’s opposition to such evils ‘to justify indifference or inattentiveness to other important moral issues involving human life or dignity’…” My take on this message is simply that we shouldn’t get hung up on just one thing about a candidate’s point of view in order to make a decision at the voting booth, but to consider the BIG PICTURE. Putting all things on the balance, who represents the majority of the values and tenets of our Christian belief system? Who advocates for social justice, for the stewardship of our environment, for an end to war, for an end to corporate excess and abuse, for a fairer distribution of goods and services (i.e., healthcare)? You be the judge. I’ve already made up my mind.

Have a nice week!

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