Daily Reflection
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September 27th, 2011

Patrick Borchers

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Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul
[456] Zecharius 8:20-23
Psalm 87:1b-3, 4-5, 6-7
Luke 9:51-56

Today's Gospel reminds me of one of the best homilies that I ever heard.  The priest read from a short story by a Catholic writer, and it was about a woman who was very devout and proper, but had a bit of a superiority complex about her holiness, and looked down upon those who were not able to be as fervent in their pursuit of heaven as was she.

Then she has a vision of every ragged, motley and deranged person she had passed on the street, with her nose slightly in the air, being transported joyfully up to heaven, singing out of tune, weeping for joy and otherwise engaged in a sort of lunatic-like celebration of their salvation.  And she wondered:  How are those people going to heaven? And how are they getting there before me?

The disciples in the Gospel today remind me a bit of that woman, asking Jesus to rain down terror on the Samaritans.  God loves the ragged people, and Jesus was friends with many of them, which caused Jesus to be looked down upon by the Pharisees and others.

The secret, I think, is recognizing our own raggedness.  We have all sinned and we will all sin again.  But if we recognized our own raggedness, instead of pretending that it doesn't exist, then perhaps we can engage in that lunatic-like celebration as we are taken up to heaven.

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