Contrasting messages battle for the hearts and minds of people all over the world.
One message states that God knows our suffering, and is in solidarity with us through His Cross; the contrasting message states that we are mere products of an evolutionary process, therefore, suffering is meaningless, and must be eradicated through science and technology.
Another message states that all men and women suffer--it is inevitable--and what defines our life, in dignity or despair, is what we do with it. Do we send a message of love, and hope, beyond the grave, or do we cower in fear, and despise those still living in health? Contrasting this message of meaning is the silent, yet obvious, message that suffering and death should be avoided--therefore, mercy, compassion, and common sense snuff out suffering (ironically, and paradoxically, through death) in abortion, euthanasia, and pleasure seeking addictions.
Finally, the last of the combative messages is about faith. The first message states that faith in Jesus Christ brings about instantaneous healing--not necessarily healing in physiology, but healing in faith, hope, and Love. The contrasting message states that faith in God, while suffering, is superstitious at best, and a drain on the economy of the living at worst.
Christianity is the first messenger--all those who oppose Divine intervention, entering into human activity, are the second. The problem is, Christians know that Christ is the ultimate winner...but we forget that the many spiritual battles fought in the face of impending victory have numerous unnecessary casualties.
So, what are we to do?
"'My son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom!
If only I had died instead of you,
Absalom, my son, my son!'” 2 Samuel 18:9-10, 14, 24-25, 30--19:3
While King David's son Absalom died trying to overthrow David's kingship, all David could do was to wish his own death instead of his son's. God the Father, and Jesus Christ--in His willingness to die for us on the Cross--did the same for us...while we were still in sin. We must do the same for those who seek to snuff us out!
"Incline your ear, O LORD; answer me,
for I am afflicted and poor.
Keep my life, for I am devoted to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God." Psalm 86:1-6
We must practice our faith--faithfully! Fully! In faith, hope, and charity. Even if it kills us--or we are killed because of it. Does this sound melodramatic? Just look at the past century. Just try and count the martyrs.
"She said, 'If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.'” Mark 5:21-43
Jesus saves...period! The Eucharist is Jesus truly present in the world. We receive, and in receiving, we become the Body of the Messiah. We must let the world rub into us, absorbing our faith, hope, and charity, and receive the good news. We must let them touch our 'clothes,' sharing the grace given to us as sinners receiving Mercy from our Savior.
We must let them touch us...even if they kill us...on a cross.
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