July 8, 2020

These days there is much said about what our post-pandemic world will be like. What can the followers of Jesus and people of faith offer to this conversation? The prophet, Hosea, in today’s first reading, offers us a path. “Save for yourself justice, reap the fruit of piety. Break up for yourself a new field for it is time to seek the Lord till he comes to rain down justice on you.”

I grew up in rural Connecticut in the 1950s when family farms were plentiful. I watched as some farmers decided that they needed to transform wooded areas into open fields. Breaking up a new field was no easy task. Fallen and rotting trees have to be cleared out; rocks and large boulders need to be dug up and hauled off the field; older trees need to be cut down, sawed and removed, and their deep and extensive roots need to pulled out. Finally, soil, which has been undisturbed for centuries, will have to be pierced and broken up for it to be useable.

Breaking up a new field for justice will be no easy task, either. The economic inequality in our country and internationally, which keeps the poor in poverty is even more deeply rooted than the enormous trees. Our intense sense of individualism and personal rights are larger and heavier than any boulder. The global spending on the development, stockpiling, and use of ever more deadly weapons, always to the detriment of the poor, is a soil that will need a powerful movement of peace to plow under. Racism is like a decaying old tree that lies at the heart of so much injustice. Jesus, who was broken and poured out for us, urges us at every Eucharist to go to do the same in creating a more just post-pandemic world.

How will you contribute to this conversation in some small way today?

Let Us Pray:

Lord Jesus, in today’s gospel reading, you told your disciples to proclaim that the kingdom of God is at hand. We, who claim you as our Lord, are to follow that same command. Give us the grace and the courage to plow a new field of justice in what we do and say. Amen.


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About Patrick Riley

Patrick is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the Book Review Editor for Emmanuel Magazine.