Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs

1 TM 3:14-16, LK 7:31-35

“God’s wisdom is vindicated by all who accept it.” Matthew 7:35

We have inner resistances to God’s love. Many of them were given to us by well-meaning people who were trying to teach us how to be “good.” They just missed the point. Goodness comes from God, from opening our hearts to grace.  Many of them are the result of our culture that puts us in competition to one another and in competition with ourselves. We cannot just choose to accept God’s love because it is not something that happens to us. It is us happening. It is already us and we know it mostly through our acts of love for one another.

We just spent an agonizing couple of weeks wondering where the soul of our country is going. It seemed to be overtaken by haters and bigots. And the response of many “good” people was condemnation, anger and hateful words. And then Houston was flooded and in the midst of that awful tragedy we were also flooded by images of people reaching out to care and save one another. The deep inner well of God’s love sprang forth. And it’s here in all of us.

Rev. Kenneth Sedlak, C.Ss.R.
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