Perhaps the real lack of faith in modern society comes down to a lack of reverence for the people around us.
Season after Pentecost | 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Genesis 21:8-21; Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17; (Jeremiah 20:7-13; Psalm 69:7-10, [11-15], 16-18;) Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39
If Paul is right, we are living fantasy lives. Anytime we live as though power conquers and wealth protects, we live a fantasy. Anytime we live like death wins, we live a fantasy. Paul tells us about a future that has already happened—yet we live not only like it hasn’t happened yet but like we don’t think it ever really will.
From this side of history, Jeremiah has great resolve. Yet the shifting political allegiances he interprets are not so different from our own uncertainties. Only in retrospect are Jeremiah's claims clear.
In this life, sanctification is gradual and difficult. Why would it be different in the life to come?
These Gospel stories can seem so familiar. But sit with the disciples in the little wooden boat, and Jesus' power will render you speechless.
by James MartinApril 8, 2014