Jesus tells us that He did not come to abolish the old law but to fulfill it. We are Judeo-Christians. This fact makes our religion over 10,000 years in the making. It comes to us today after the Jews believed in one God and stayed with their strange belief (at the time), after Christ walked the earth, after the Early Church Fathers, after the early martyrs, after Constantine, after the Doctors of the Church, after numerous saints and changes (for the good and for the not so good) right up into the 21st century. What Catholics face today (the secularized world, the relativism of most of the people we come in contact with, or the out and out hatred of our faith as manipulated by the media, the abortion acceptance to the point where it is viewed as a woman’s freedom without regard to the baby’s demise) may make it seem impossible to be a happy Catholic. Today is just more of the same. I don’t know how great our nation can be if it approves the murders of our innocent. They have injected themselves into a women’s womb and call those opposed to it – the far right, as if a direction can describe you or me.
What is asked of us today? We are asked to defend our faith by being the salt of the earth, the light of the world (last week’s message) by walking away from gossip quietly, by not “picking and choosing” what we believe as if our little minds know all of truth, by wearing a crucifix without shame, by being the lady or gentleman God would approve of. We can help the lost by our willingness to listen, feed the hungry offering something to one poorer than we are, and by donating our clothing to a thrift store. We have so much…even the poorer among us…but we know the fulfillment of the law. We know we will be answerable to Him for what we did with our “talents”. Just being a nice man or woman is not enough. Jesus is our example and still is, even as we enjoy satellite radio and surfing the Internet.
We are here to stand up for a better world. We don’t need our fists in the air to do so. We need to turn our will and lives over to God…to have a God conscience in the minutes we have left of our life.