Thursday, June 14, 2018

Tu Quoque, While Injustice Reigns

It's absolutely true that I am not privy to the millions of deportation case files adjudicated and recorded in the administration of Barack Obama. I'll be willing to concede as a matter of course that real injustice took place. One cannot expect consistency from an ethical paradigm where situation ethics plays such a prominent role.

However, it seems to me that the most pressing questions are these: "Do you believe it is morally acceptable to separate children from their families? Is it morally acceptable to detain people in cages? Do you believe that all methods of punishment are acceptable--against either the accused or the guilty--at any time? Finally, is crossing the US border in an irregular fashion the highest crime against the people of the United States?"

You are free to bring any charge against Barack Obama that you wish, provided there is evidence. But I would like an answer to my questions. You may protest that the questions are extreme, suggesting extreme measures that are not being taken. That may or may not be the case. I know one thing for sure: "But Obama did it, too!" is not actually an answer.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Now, We Can Begin

I walked to noon Mass with my mom. It's nice when we essentially live in the neighborhood. Fr. Todd Shepherd, of Wichita, KS, had a Mass of Thanksgiving here, having served as our Deacon this past year. Truthfully, I had forgotten this was taking place. It was just noon Mass to me.

I came in the door, and I happened upon the procession, about to begin. "Good morning, Jason," said the Monsignor. "Good morning, Monsignor," said I. [I don't think it was morning.--ed.] I had the same thought. But what Monsignor wants, Monsignor gets. He paused, and got a little twinkle in his eye. "I guess now we can begin!"

On the contrary; if Linus isn't there, we have a problem. In any case, Fr. Rubie--apparently loitering until his new assignment begins--had a chuckle. So did I, I must say.

There's a big fuss about evangelization. Rightly so, I suppose. But I have a bone to pick. It's not a thing that we do; it's something that we are. We are the good news, because Christ is transforming us.

And let's get it clear: we do use words, because they are usually necessary. But they are words that flow naturally from our lives, because His love flows "naturally" from our hearts.

"And after I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself." Christ continues to draw us to himself, even us who believe, because there is an endless depth to the mystery of communion with God. The forgiveness of sins is only the beginning, although He is glad to return with us to the beginning, as often as necessary. If we can internalize the fact that God loves us more than we do, then and only then, we can begin to impact others.