From the Pastor's Desk... July 20th

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s First Reading and the Gospel present to us an unfortunate reality that has always been a thorn in the flesh for most believers: the presence of evil persons who cause suffering to innocent people and disrupt the order of society. This reality is not only present out there, in the world; we live it inside our churches, our jobs, our schools, our families. It is not easy to reconcile this fact with our belief in a God who loves justice and has the whole world in His hand.

The readings help us make sense of all this as they assure us that God is always in control of the situation, even when evil seems to have the upper hand; in due time, perfect justice will be done. God’s apparent “inaction,” therefore, is not due to impotence on His part, but to His desire to offer new chances of repentance to those who do evil....