July 27, 2020

“This wicked people who refuse to obey my words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts, and follow strange gods to serve and adore them, shall be like this loincloth which is good for nothing” (Jeremiah 13:10). God is talking to Jeremiah here; I get it. But God is speaking to us also in his word.

There is a lot of anger in this nation and around the world; it’s obvious. But who is the nation, who is the world? It is we; yes, you and I. We are all part of the problem and all part of the solution.

I am not gentle, I am not kind, and I am prejudiced. Not always, but occasionally. Therefore, I am the problem. We must look deeper into our hearts if we are to be like Christ. If I am the problem, then I must also be the solution.

Let’s get back to Jeremiah. The whole story about the loincloth was an issue of pride. The entire issue with me is not being gentle, not being kind, being prejudiced, being proud. In the Rule of Life #4 entitled “In Memory of Me,” it states, “Be always disposed to say to God: My heart is ready, O God, to do your holy will in all things.”

The Lord reveals to us the presence of sin in our selfishness, in our apathy or complicity in injustice, while drawing us towards a new life. In this same movement, we offer to the Father our own lives along with the hopes and sufferings of all those with whom we are working to build a society based on justice and love. For God is love.

Let Us Pray:

Dear heavenly Father, please forgive me for all those I have hurt throughout my life in word or action. Help me to act from a position of love and not of pride. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.


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About Rick Costanza

Rick is a parishioner at Saint Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland Ohio and a member of the parish's Men's Bible Study.