The world rejoiced as the boys from the Thai soccer team trapped in a cave for seventeen harrowing days were rescued. In a time in which peoples and nations are divided, the boys and their coach brought the world together for a brief time in a rare display of solidarity. The world recognized the value of the life of each of the boys and the importance of working together for a common cause for a worthy cause. In a time of so much bad news, it was wonderful to experience truly good news!
While we cannot perhaps influence the course of world events or heal the sad and sinful divisions that currently plague the political processes in our own country, we can make a difference for good in the neighborhood in which we live, the parish in which we worship and the circle of friends with which we are surrounded.
And that is exactly what we are called to do as Christians. We are called to build bridges rather than burn them. We are called to help put out the fires of hate that are burning all around us rather than fanning the flames of those fires. We are called to be a calming voice in the midst of the hurtful and over-the-top rhetoric of so many.
Jesus calls us as his disciples to be good news for the world around us. Sometimes we live our discipleship on autopilot and we don’t make the difference for good that we are called to make as Christians, Let us strive to live our faith in Jesus in the coming week in an intentional way so that our very lives may be good news for a world mired in so much bad news.
See you at Mass!