Tuesday Twenty-Sixth Week Ordinary Time
Maybe you felt like I did yesterday watching the news and hearing about the horrific killings and shootings that took place on Sunday evening in Las Vegas. My thoughts turned from shock to sadness to frustration. What is happening to our country that these senseless killings take place and the number of innocent lives is growing? We just proclaimed in our Responsorial Psalm what we need to know, “God is with us!”
Knowing that should help us to be what God wants us to be this day.
In our first reading from Zechariah, the prophet knows God is with him as he gives words of great hope, “People from many nations and cities will say. Let us go with you, for we have heard God is with you.” Are we able to have this said about us?
In our Gospel, God is with them as Jesus is on his way to the Jerusalem, and some of his disciple’s go-ahead to prepare a place for him, but the Samaritan’s will not let him pass through their village. Samaritan’s and Jew’s did not like each other. How sad! However, the worst of this situation is not the Samaritan’s it is James and John who say, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to destroy them?” It is the disciples who act out more than the Samaritan’s did!
Who are we as a nation? Who are we as a people? Who are we as we sit here today? Who are we in the eyes of God? My friends in Christ is God is with us then we need to look at ourselves and clear away any form of hatred, anger, or lack of forgiveness for anyone in our lives. Things need to get better, in this month we stand for life, and it needs to begin with us.