July 21, 2018
by Joe Zabroroski
Creighton University's Director of Purchasing
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Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 394

Micah 2:1-5
Psalms 10:1-2, 3-4, 7-8, 14
Matthew 12:14-21
Praying Ordinary Time

Weekly Guide for Daily Prayer

A Renewed Personal Encounter with Jesus

Today’s readings and the psalms scream for justice. Both the Old Testament reading and the psalms portray the wicked as overbearing in their drive for possessions and power. This is not much different than today. Human nature is human nature.

So the question to myself is, what am I doing personally to fight injustice when I see it? This has changed over time for me. An occasional stop at a homeless shelter, joining a rally, serving on a parish committee or dropping a few dollars for a cause is no longer enough.

Not that these aren’t honorable endeavors. I had to change and put myself face to face with another human being who was suffering. I was confronted by this reality when I read about the Papal Almsgiver; Father Konrad Krajewski. When Pope Francis met him he told Fr. Konrad “You can sell your desk. You don’t need it. You need to get out of the Vatican. Don’t wait for people to come ringing. You need to go out and look for the poor.”

So a recalibration in my thought process took place. Involvement was needed to answer the scream for justice. Jesus’s example in the Gospel was to not make himself known “until he brings justice to victory.” Amen Alleluia.

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