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Friday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
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Jesus said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain – and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot – and so it is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?”
I believe it was Mother Theresa who said, “A heart full of envy is a heart full of grief.”
A cloud is rising in the west. Do you see it? I do. I see our nation becoming more and more polarized. It’s getting harder and harder for politicians from both sides of the aisle to sit down and resolve their differences. Most pundits “think” the only way around the gridlock or impasse in Washington is if one party dominates everything: Senate, House and Presidency.
In Western Europe there is wave of discontent for mainstream political parties. In fact, after years and years of socialistic policies, the far-right is once again finding a sympathetic ear in the highly educated citizen. Recent polls suggest significant gains for the far-right in France, Austria, Holland and Greece.
People are upset, very upset. They are upset with judicial activism. They are upset with politicians who do not listen to their consciences. They are upset with representatives who do not represent their constituents.
A cloud is rising in the West.
I see our families struggling to pay their bills. Today, more Americans are on Food Stamps than ever before. So what ever happened on our way to La-La Land? I thought abortion was suppose to reduce the surplus population, and as a consequence, reduce poverty and unemployment?
Well, first of all, the family hit a snag. While our government and Hollywood spent years trying to redefine and reconfigure the family, the modern family became a euphemism for the dysfunctional family. Parents abdicated their mother and father roles to their children, who became far too entitled and enlightened to be content and understood. As a consequence, our public school system across the nation soon became everything but a school. Yep, far too many public schools today are simply teenage day-care centers, drop-off boxes for stressed out parents, foster homes and healthcare clinics.
While the 60′s generation worked so hard to make abortion legal (so that young people could get a “second” or ”third” or “fourth” chance at “life”, this latest generation is working equally hard to legalize marijuana and take away the one and only chance they have at “life”.
A thick dark cloud of smoke is rising in the West.
Is this so hard to see? Probably, due to all the smoke and mirrors!
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
After having been pulled over a few times in my life by the Police (for speeding and nothing else, thank God). I found the time I spent off to the side of the road surprisingly beneficial for personal reflection, meditation and examination.
As a people belonging to the greatest nation on earth, I think we need to be pulled aside for a while. (149)