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Another version of “Why me?” … Saturday, January 12

The Painting of Divine Mercy by Adolf Hyla. Th...

The Painting of Divine Mercy by Adolf Hyla. The phrase at the bottom is Polish for “Jesus I trust in you.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Glorious Mystery, the Ascension. “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19. And then He left. Have you ever wondered why He didn’t stay and take care of this work Himself? He could have. Or He could have employed the good angels, the faithful ones, and let them do it. But He didn’t. He intrusted the spreading of the Gospel to a group of basically uneducated blue-collar workers. Why? Well, maybe to prove that the ongoing success of the work, despite human frailty, was a manifestation of the Divine will among humanity. I think that’s probably part of it, but maybe not all of it. There’s always more to God than the obvious. From a personal standpoint I can testify to what else may be, and I believe is, involved. In the past there have been periods of my life, mostly when I was a lot younger and a lot smarter than I’ve ever been since, 😉 , when I lived, oh, lets say, a rather “rough” existence. Its comforting to know that I have at least something in common with a person like St. Augustine. Anyway. After all that misspent youth, and cancer to boot, I look at my life and I see not what I have coming but something else entirely. I have a friend, an artist, probably my best friend, who told me recently, and he was referring to material wealth, that I was probably the poorest person he knew. I laughed out loud, and that right heartily. I look around my one room cabin, and I look around at my life and I see nothing but blessings. Big ones too. And I really think of myself as rich and often find myself feeling sorry for others who seem to have a lot more than I do. It’s the people living in cardboard boxes I feel sorry for. And every now and then I’ll ask myself, and I’ll ask God, what did I ever do to deserve all this goodness? And I always get the same answer. I never did anything to deserve this. This is mercy. Why did Jesus pick the Apostles to proclaim the Gospel, to take part in something so beautiful and wonderful, when He had so many other seemingly good choices? Why would He choose deserters and loud moths and braggarts and … Why? And the answer is always the same. Mercy.

Today …  Blessed Bartholomew Alvarez was a Jesuit martyr of Portuguese descent. He was born near Braganza, in Portugal, and joined the Jesuits at Coimbra. Sent to Tonking, he was arrested in 1736 and beheaded the next year. Remember, he was and is a saint. Why would, why does, God allow His faithful friends to suffer martyrdom? He lets them take part in His suffering for the same reason He lets human beings carry the Gospel. In letting us take part, in letting us join in, be a part of what He’s about, He shows mercy. We’re not good enough, we don’t deserve such honor. Proving that His love for us is greater than our smallness.

The next time … When you wonder “Why me?’, and it doesn’t matter whether you ask because you experience goodness in life or a more harsh reality for the sake of Christ, consider that the answer is His and not yours. And that His answer to humanity, of which you and I are a small part, has ever been Divine Mercy.

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