November 24th, 2005
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We live in fearful times – tsunamis, hurricanes, terrorism
– you name it. A Jesuit friend said he has even fielded a
call from a reporter asking him if all these signs pointed to the
end of the world, the subject of today’s Gospel. My friend
told the reporter he had no way of knowing and wasn’t terribly
concerned about that.
The critical issue isn’t what’s happening so much as
it is how we respond in faith to what happens – the lesson
of both today’s Old Testament and Gospel readings. No matter
when and how the world ends, we all sooner or later face a personal
end in which we will have to account to our creator for how we have
spent our lives. Have we lived in faith, which is to say generously,
or have we allowed fear of our personal “lions”to keep
us from living as we should?
It’s a pretty safe bet that none of us will be thrust into
a cage with a hungry lion like Daniel but we can all absorb the
major lesson of this reading. Have faith that God will be with you
if you take a risk for moral reasons. That’s hard. We say
we believe but it’s far easier to avoid risks and get along
to go along.
Have we kept quiet about injustice because we are afraid of offending
someone? Are we afraid to speak out about ethical issues at work
for fear of losing a job or just making the atmosphere at the coffee
break uncomfortable? Are we afraid to venture out of our comfort
zones to help others?
Probably the difference between the saints and the rest of us
is that they REALLY believe strongly enough to risk the lions. The
rest of us would LIKE to trust God that much but can’t –
at least not quite enough to surrender our fears. Maybe we can all
resolve to start by taking just a small risk to do something good
or right and then we’ll find that our lions weren’t
as bad as we had imagined them to be.
to the writer of this reflection.
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