Are we living an absurdity?

Posted on August 8, 2010


Education can uplift but it can also burden us. Because we have studied the rules of good living; because we have memorized the tenets of the Church; because we have been so convinced as to argue for a preferential option for the poor, logic obliges us to live what we know is right. Otherwise we will be living an absurdity.

This Sunday’s Gospel (Lk. 12, 32-48) poses a challenge especially to those who have been educated in the Christian faith. Jesus says, “The servant who knew his master’s will, but did not prepare to do what his master wanted, will be punished with sound blows; but the one who did what deserved a punishment without knowing it shall receive fewer blows. Much will be required of the one who has been given much, and more will be asked of the one entrusted with more.”

We pray for the grace to translate into action the good that we already know. In yet another way of putting a timeless message, the Sunday Gospel tells us how: “Sell what you have and give alms. Get yourselves purses that do not wear out, and make safe investments with God, where no thief comes and no moth destroys.”

God does not expect us to always do grand things, but often only little things with great love. What about saying thank you to a waiter while looking at him or her in the eye – not mindlessly? What about chatting for a minute or two with the next street dweller we meet? What about putting together our unused clothes and books, and donating these to Caritas?

The Gospel last Saturday (Mt. 17, 14-20) was a fitting prelude to Sunday’s. In that passage, Jesus says that faith can do a lot, it can move a mountain. Now what have we tried to do with our faith? Or without doing anything with it, is it really faith that we possess or just stock knowledge?

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