“I Will Not Be Silent”

Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

From Today’s First Reading (Is 62:1-5)

As you read these words this weekend, I am with some of the young people from our Diocese at World Youth Day in    Panama! Every couple of years the Catholic youth of the world get together to, as we heard in the psalm (96) today, “Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.” One million young people from around the world will flock together to foster their own faith by joining with the universal Church in its   pilgrimage to Latin America this time.

 

Isaiah today exclaims that for Zion’s sake he will not be silent, that for Jerusalem’s sake, he will not be quiet and in many ways that should be our rallying cry as well. Just as every World Youth Day proclaims their faith in God to all the nations, so each of us in our homes and at work are called to be the “light of the peoples.” We are to look the world in the eyes and say, “For your own sake, for the sake of your souls, I will not be silent! For the sake of my country and my neighborhood, I will not remain quiet!” This is the nature of being Christian; of living out the great commandment to love God and love our neighbor and to let our witness shine.

 

How are we to do that? Check out the Second Reading today (1 Cor 12:4-11). The Lord says that we are each given some gift when we open ourselves to the Spirit and that it “is given for some benefit.” Do not waste your talents, your gifts! Be not silent! Be like Mary today in the Gospel. She sees a need and is not quiet, but asks her Son, her Lord, to intercede on their behalf. She asks God to bless her neighbor at their wedding.

 

So this week, do not be silent! Live the Gospel before the world! Join the youth of the world as they show their faith in great numbers. Use your gifts to glorify God and to help others…. Do not be silent!

 

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