Let Your Faith Shine Forth

Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

I want you to think about the readings from the past few weeks. When we get to heaven… what is that that we are going to find? Are we going to be focused on who is married to who? No. Are we going to be focused on who is a Jew and who is Gentile? No. Will St. Peter stop someone at the pearly gates for being white, or black, or Latino, or Asian, or tall or short, thick or thin? No.

The Church tells us this weekend in the readings that our focus in heaven will be God and that our focus now should be to look in and “mend our ways." Our focus should be to realize that it is all about God and neighbor… “blessed are YOU, O Lord” the psalm repeats over and over… not “woe is me” or “terrible are you”… St. Paul says to live with each other and “encourage one another.” He says to “live in peace” with one another and then the “God of love and peace will be with you.”

Sometimes we will fail at this though. Just look around the country today. Racism, brutality, looting and violence…. Destruction of the lives of all in its path; black, white, Latino and the like. That’s why we hear in the first reading that when we fail, when we are “stiff-necked” and proud, we need to come before the Lord to ask “pardon for our wickedness: because we have lost our way."

As the world swirls, Magdalene family, don’t react in a moment of passion. Stop, and be the example. Be the first to reach out, the first to not see color or race, the first to correct in love those who may want to destroy instead of build. Let your faith shine forth, that we here in the Upstate may mend our ways, encourage one another, and live in peace. Amen.

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