Pastor’s Corner 8/25/2013

We often refer to words and phrases like “secured borders,” “illegal and undocumented,” “deported,” and “immigration” as “Hot Button” issues. No news here, except that the current social climate, then, renders words and phrases from today’s readings also as potential hot buttons—

For instance, what would Isaiah have to say about our border and immigration concerns today, when thousands of years ago—speaking as the voice of God to the people—he had already said:

I know their works and their thoughts, and I come to gather nations of every language… from them I will send fugitives to the nations… and they shall proclaim my glory among the nations …Some of these I shall take as priests…

By the way, our annual Assembly of Priests will be taking place soon, on the first Monday of October. Each year we welcome the 10 to 15 new priests from other countries, who have come here to serve as parish priests and chaplains. Our Archbishop has often asked, “What would we do without them?”

And from St. Paul to the Hebrews, what are we to understand about his instruction”?—

Make straight paths for your feet, That what is lame may not be disjointed but healed.

So often, it seems to me, that we rush to quick and hasty solutions to our problems here in our country (not necessarily in our Church), and wind up having to rethink things. What is “lame and disjointed” in our system of rules and laws, often needs more time to heal and recover and recover properly, before we can trust that there will be a lasting remedy to what ails us.

And from the Gospel of Luke, how do we apply Jesus’ declaration: [?]

And people will come from the east and the west, and from the north and the south, and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, And some are first who will be last.

As citizens and lawmakers trying to do the right thing, but more importantly as Christians and wanting to be counted among “the God fearing,” it seems that we only measure ourselves against the Word of God after we have already painted ourselves into a purely secular corner. Why is that?

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