Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

(Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:27-32)

In today's reading from the Letter to the Thessalonians St. Paul treats his readers as if they were his own children.  Aware of wonders they may have regarding their eternal destiny, he reminds the Thessalonians that it is not his idea but God’s revelation.

Such wonder, which is a kind of doubt, plagues postmodern people as well.  Why should they believe that God has come to earth to give them eternal life?  Young people express this suspension of belief by calling themselves “cultural Catholics.”  They mean that they grew up in a Catholic environment but are not committed to everything the Church teaches.

We have to be aware that our theology fits together as one piece.  Our belief in the resurrection, for example, coheres with a selfless way of living.  To think that we can pick and choose among beliefs and practices is either to live illogically or to recognize our own self-deception.