October 25, 2021

Renouncing the status quo.

What have we inadvertently accepted as the norm? The status quo or the existing state of things today has some merit. So, if we agree that hungry people need to be fed, clothed, and housed; wear clothes in public; children be protected; shirt, tie, and a jacket is standard business wear, then we have met some standard of living. At times, the existing state of things needs to be changed like a business practice, political stagnation, irresponsible behaviors. And even outdated laws and modes of thinking, but now we have entered into troubled waters.

To effect change requires nothing short of magic or a miracle. Agreement seems impossible when the premise can’t be agreed upon. There is nowhere to go. Or is there? Enter the Christians who have taken in and own the lessons Jesus taught us. The status quo, the prevailing thought needed changing, and Jesus, who was the greatest moral revolutionary of all time, was in radical opposition to ideas of the ancient world. In John 13:34-36, we read the new law: I give you a new law. That law is, Love each other. As I have loved you, so you also love each other. This is how all people will know that you are my disciples.” In a world demonically possessed, we have seen all hell break loose. Hence, the wolves crouch at the ready. Despite the dangers, we go forth with the gifts we have to counter the imbalance of hate and bring the scales to a full measure of love.

In Paul’s letter to the Romans, we owe a debt to God and not to ourselves. When I pay myself and do as I will, I ironically abandon an affirmation that I have a free will. I am overtaken with the self. Again — Father Eymard’s message: offer the gift of yourself, even knowing the wolves are out there.

Let Us Pray:

Dear God, the woods are dark; the ocean is tormented; we have protestors at our heels. Yet, your hand and love keep us safe. With you, “death will have no dominion” (a poem by Dylan Thomas).


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About Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament and a parishioner at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio.