What To Do and What Not To Do
The Liturgy of the Word today has a simple yet challenging message for us: accept the good service of others – even if they are not “one of us” and eliminate the root causes of sin in our lives.
In both the first reading and the gospel marvelous spirit-led things happen through people who are not formally part of the expected group to do such wonderful things. Moses and Jesus both say, “do not try to stop them.” This Biblical teaching is echoed in the Vatican II document titled Declaration On the Relation of the Church To Non-Christian Religions: “The Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these non-Christian religions. It has a high regard for the manner of life and conduct, the precepts and doctrines which, although differing in many ways from its own teaching, nevertheless often reflect a ray of that truth that enlightens all men and women” (n. 2).
We need to be careful not to stifle what originates with God in people whose culture or religion is different from ours. What we can and must do is cooperate with God to get at the root of our prejudice, intolerance, jealousy, envy, and selfishness so that God can do the purifying work of healing in the root of such evils.
When have you experienced someone very different from you doing good for others? How does God help you to get at the root of sin in your life?
Fr. Thomas W. Krenik, Pastor