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July 18th, 2011
Roc O'Connor, S.J.
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It seems that this was a very lively question in the early Church – why didn’t everyone accept Jesus as the Messiah who had come into the world? Why did the scribes and Pharisees reject him?
I can see several aspects of this question today that hearken back to the early Church’s plea. Yet, I also sense some differences that our situation promotes.
Why don’t more people accept the preaching of the Gospel?
Why have so many left the Church?
Why does a spirit of lethargy seem to permeate the Church?
Why is conversion so difficult?
One thing that I believe I have learned is that I always have to include myself in any ‘condemnation’ or ‘judgment’ of others. When I see lethargy in the Church, I look for its roots and tangles in my life. When I wonder why “they” don’t accept the Word, I also have to wonder why I am so slow to let it in. And when I criticize American culture for its narcissistic individualism, I look for its manifestation in my awareness and actions.
At least, that’s my intention. Sometimes I do it fairly well. Sometimes so poorly.
I pray that we all can reckon with the meaning of the sign of Jonah and so learn from Jesus’ preaching the Word of Life.
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