Gospel Refection: Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Mikaila writes, “we are told we have a right for things to be easy. Our lives, that is, our jobs, relationships, etc.”
And much of this stems from the Enlightenment and it’s social contract theorists like John Locke for instance.
“My Rights” has ran over any notion of folks having a duty to things that exist in their life.
Why will our parents and other love ones hand us over? It’s because in those circumstances, we’ve chosen duty instead of our writers. We chose something greater than ourselves--the Lord.
I must admit I had been troubled for several reasons for awhile by Jesus words on the Cross, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" Then I heard a sermon by my pastor who said Jesus had to take on our sins, our illnesses, our pains and our weak human emotions, and that to take them on himself meant they become His, and He experiences them to the extent that we do. It was both comforting and convicting. Comforting because Jesus really does get It personally as a human, and as God He has the power and deep self giving love to be fully with me in this "vale of tears"! Convicting because it didn't have to be this way for either Jesus or us, if I could have stayed away from sin and self-centerness to begin with. Alas I didn't!
Yes, you are right also. I agree. The problem is at Mass priests often don't explain that to us, and regular folks in the pew are often not aware of the info you have given and explained. We recently had a pastor and deacon who were well trained in the Bible and Jewish ways. They often explained such things to us. I think more and better Scriptual training should be given in seminaries. Our pastor and deacon studied on their own after ordination. They have been able to give us a clearer, more complete picture which I think strenthens our personal faith.