Saturday 15th Week Of the Year
It’s almost become a custom
that the person who makes the loudest noise
get the results they are seeking.
It could be an individual or a group of people
who have an agenda that want their voice heard.
We hear this on the news almost every night.
One of our neighbors some years ago
complained about people parking their cars
on the side streets during weekend Masses.
Sure enough, up came the “no parking signs”
during those hours we are in church.
The gospel uses the words “to contend” and “cry out.”
“To contend” means to quarrel.
“To cry out” is a Greek word referring to a barking dog,
a crowing rooster, or the riot of a crowd.
In the Church and politics, we have people
crying out from right-wingers and left-wingers.
Many times it is a minority that cries out the loudest.
If the Church followed one view, right or left,
she would fly in circles, like a bird with only one wing.
In the Gospel, the Pharisees
took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.
Not being one to draw attention to himself
for political reasons,
he withdrew from that place
so he could continue his healing ministry.
Many people followed him, and he cured them all.
Jesus did his own “crying out.”
Not with guns or clubs, sound systems or the latest newscast.
He cried out on the Cross as the Suffering Servant
for all who could not make it on their own;
for people who were forgotten
and who no one knew their name
or their story.
“A bruised reed he will not break.
A smoldering wick he will not quench.”
His argument was not with ideas
but with sin that divides people from each other.
More important than choosing sides
in the debates within the Church or politics today,
we need to become a voice that cries out for people
no one listens to but the Savior.
We all know a bruised reed. We all know a smoldering wick.
Let’s all do some “crying out” for them.