|Wisdom 2:1, 12-22
Psalm 34:17-18, 19-20, 21, 23
John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
When Secretary of State George Marshall was trying to persuade Congress
to appropriate billions of dollars for the Marshall Plan to re-build Europe
after World War II, a senator asked him a seemingly softball question.
“You always get in trouble when you try to help people.”
You always get in trouble when you try to help people– but you must
go ahead and do it anyhow. If you have the guts to do so, God
will be with you in your ensuing travail. That’s the message of all three
of today’s readings.
Most of us experience relatively small penalties for our modest excursions
into controversial virtue. Teen-agers get angry with parents who attempt
to enforce high moral standards. Students shun classmates who won’t
cheat or turn in cheaters. Kids pay a popularily price for refusing
to drink or do drugs. Whistle blowers at work may have trouble getting
another job. Those distributing the massive amounts raised for 9/11
victims are learning just how hard that job is.
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