A Moment before the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Even when we’re not directly involved, when bad things happen, they strike a nerve. On some gut level we know that’s not the way it’s supposed to be.

Sunday’s first reading tells us we’re right. This isn’t what God wanted for us. God didn’t make things this way. 

When we hear that, most of us are a little too comfortable moving from “not-the-way-it’s-supposed-to-be” into sorting out exactly who is responsible for it. Or who we want to be responsible.

So we can do some blaming. So we can let whoever it is know that they got exactly what they deserved.

But that’s not how God works. 

We see it in Sunday’s Gospel. Jesus wastes no time on who did what. Instead, Jesus rushes to help. 

Not just to help with the bad things that happened. But also to help the people they happened to. 

Make no mistake, this is not some bland tolerance that’s generically nice. 

This is the love of God. A passionate love. A love driven to seek and to save. 

That’s how God works.

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