A Moment before the 12th 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. 

And the first reading (Wisdom) tells us we’re right.  This isn’t what God wanted for us.  God didn’t make things this way. 

If this was me speaking, I could easily move from that into sorting out exactly who was responsible.  So I could do some blaming, and let you know that you got what you deserved.  But that’s not how God works. 

In the Gospel (Mark), 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 nice to everybody.  This is a passionate love that aggressively seeks to heal and to save.  That’s how God works.