The problem with the world isn't the world, the problem is in us!
While the Israelites were creating the golden calf, God was testing Moses to be a prefigurement of Jesus, bringing Mercy, through a clear picture of the Truth, in the offense against God's Justice in our sin. For no clearer picture of the Truth is found which is greater than Jesus hanging on the Cross. Jesus the Just One, was Crucified for our offense against the Holy Will of God--and God's Holy Will is that we live the abundant life in the Love of Jesus Christ. Our sin, in effect, is an offense against all that is best for us.
So, while the world creates golden calves, and worships superheroes and divas, God tests us--in our cross--to be a little Jesus for the world.
"But Moses implored the LORD, his God, saying, 'Why, O LORD, should your wrath blaze up against your own people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with such great power and with so strong a hand?'" Exodus 32:7-14
It is a sad state of affairs when baptized Catholics on national television, such as Bill O'Reilly of Fox News, misconstrue the Biblical message of God's Love. In commenting on the movie 'Noah,' Mr. O'Reilly concurred with a misguided guest in portraying God in the Old Testament as a mean, destructive bully. Offering examples such as Abraham's near execution of Isaac, and the great flood of Noah's time, Mr. O'Reilly, and his guest, missed the point by a mile.
The Truth is that God was preparing the world for its salvation in Jesus Christ.
Noah's flood prefigured baptism. Abraham's sacrifice--which by the way was interrupted by God's Mercy--prefigured the Crucifixion of the Son of God. And God's testing of Moses prefigured the Merciful Mediation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is also supposed to prefigure our mediation.
"Then he spoke of exterminating them, but Moses, his chosen one, Withstood him in the breach to turn back his destructive wrath." Psalm 106:19-23
The problem with the world today is that everybody wants Mercy, but nobody wants to live in Justice. The world is ready to sing kumbaya, but disdains the healthy balance of Christian morality. The world seeks inclusiveness to the exclusion of objective Truth, and cross borne morality. Everybody wants the Resurrection, but nobody wants the Cross.
God's Mercy awaits us. But first, we must repent by viewing the offense of our sins against His Justice.
"How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?" John 5:31-47
So, the world is offered two choices. First, the world can have everything now, everything made by their own hands, everything which brings immediate gratification, but fades as they will. Or, the world can find the pearl of great price, the paradox of sacrifice, the faith, hope, and charity which leads them to the Life which will never fade, and the Savior which will never disappoint.
But the world can only get there if we choose to have a little Christ in us. Yet, a little Christ always has to carry a not so little cross. Therefore, our choice is grace (which helps us in carrying our cross), or the world (in despair of the paradox of true happiness mingled in necessary suffering).
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