Better late than never is NOT always a good policy … Friday, June 21

Lord have Mercy - Crucifixion of Jesus

Lord have Mercy – Crucifixion of Jesus. We need to be yelling at the top of our lungs.

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery, the Crucifixion. “And Jesus cried out with a loud voice and said, ‘Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.’ ” Luke 23:46. A dramatic scene, isn’t it? A Man, in the thralls of death, giving Himself over to the care of God totally. Not that Jesus didn’t  always do this, it’s just that this moment, frozen in time for us by its depth and the severity of His suffering, stands out. And it should. It should also make us think about our own handing over of our own lives to God and how it works out when we do it. We are, as Christians, as Roman Catholics, surrounded by a hostile world. A world that hates the truth because the Truth reminds it of what it IS and what it SHOULD be by comparison. The result of our witness is, often as not, the response of  “Kill the messenger!” Which is what we should expect. After all, that was the world’s reaction to God as He ministered to it in the flesh, wasn’t it? But when we proclaim His truth, knowing how unpopular it will be and the personal repercussions we’ll likely have to suffer, do we witness as He did? Do we follow His example? Do we cry out with a loud voice? Or do we whisper, so as not to be heard while soothing our consciences that we did, after all, speak out? Its one thing to speak out. It’s another to mean to be heard.

Today …

St. Lazarus

St. Lazarus

Lazarus is the poor man at the gate of the rich mans home in Christ’s parable related in Luke (Luke 16:19-31). His name was perpetuated in the Middle Ages by such words as Lazaretto (hospital), Lazarone (a beggar in the street), and the Order of St. Lazarus, though it was a military order, had as one of its objectives the care of lepers. And do you remember what Dives, the rich man, did when he died and found himself in a place of torment? He cried out. The idea of “Better late than never” doesn’t always work. We need to be a Christian witness NOW.

Quote … “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone” ― Pablo Picasso.