What Have We Done…

29 Sep 2019 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on What Have We Done…

Upon listening to today’s first reading from the prophet Amos, it should be obvious that the issue Amos was railing about was the living of the good life on the one hand while on the other hand ignoring the desperation going on around them (the collapse of Joseph).

Does the warning that punishment will result have any relevance for us today? Who in our world enjoys a higher standard of living, i.e. the good life? Does that imply any responsibility beyond enjoying our good fortune? What, for example is the “commandment” St. Paul counsels us to keep in today’s second reading? To love God and neighbor! Remember the Gospel question in the Good Samaritan story: “who is my neighbor?”

Today’s Gospel brings us back to the peril of being indifferent to those in need around us. (How many different kinds of need are there – not just starvation?) Once again, we are faced with the necessity of a repeated examination of conscience: “what we have done, and what we have failed to do.” How many reminders can we expect? We too, have Moses and the Prophets.

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