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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 23, 2016

MERCIFUL JUSTICE

I find great comfort in our first reading today: The Lord is a God of Justice, who knows no favourites. The Lord is not deaf to the cries of the poor. The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds and it does not rest until it reaches its goal, nor will it withdraw until the Most High responds.

But don’t we wish that God would respond sooner??? Like St. Paul, we too our often poured out like a libation. We are spent until we ready for the Lord’s response – a response that undoubtedly will not be what we first had in mind, but no matter – now any response is fine.   At least we will know; at least we can act with purpose.

I once heard it said that Justice is what love looks like in public. But we have such a difficult time loving – especially when love is accompanied with waiting. Oh, it is easy to love when we want to love, but when we have to wait for love – that is so very hard indeed. But that is also when we learn to trust. That is what stretches the capacity of our heart to breathe life into parts of us and of the world that we didn’t even know was there.

CLICK HERE for the readings for 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18; Psalm 121; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14)

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