Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Today’s first reading tells of God proposing a slaughter of idolaters in Jerusalem. The idol worshippers are likely the Jewish remnant left behind during the exile. They would have followed the religious directives of their Babylonian overlords. The obliteration dictated is disgusting to modern ears. It seems unfair that people will be obliterated for worshipping pagan gods, albeit in the Temple constructed for the God of Israel.
Many are leaving the Catholic Church and the Christian faith tradition today. Some of these follow strange practices that we may see as idol worship. Perhaps those who have drifted away are members of our own family. We do no good by ostracizing them. We may help them by becoming more devout Catholics and more Christ-like Christians. If they ridicule us for living what we believe, let us converse with them as the gospel recommends. Our faith is logically coherent and has been productively lived for centuries. It is not a system of belief that can be seriously dismissed.