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It’s never the wrong time to do the right thing

Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

This past week in the Gospel (Lk 6:6-11) we saw a scene where Jesus basically became fed up with the establishment.  He sees them twisting his laws and forbidding even good things on the   Sabbath.  And Jesus, when he realizes this, says WHOA WHOA WHOA and asks, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath rather than evil?”  Underlying that, he is saying, “Should we, when we have the power and   opportunity to do good, not do it?”  He then orders the man to stick out his hand and heals it to prove a point.  It is never the wrong time to do the right thing.

Paul, this past week, gave similar examples (I Cor 5:1-8) as Paul was writing back to the Church in Corinth saying, WHOA WHOA WHOA….I’m getting rumors that you are openly allowing immorality in your midst. What are you doing?  He says, don’t be proud thinking it won’t affect you, don’t you know that even the smallest amount of leaven, of yeast, will permeate the entire bread it is in?  Translation: We would be fools to think that we could expose ourselves, or our families, to something sinful and there not be repercussions. We have to protect our spouses and children, our friends and family, from the world despite any discomfort or challenge.  It is never the wrong time to do the right thing.

And the same is true in our own lives. The combination of immorality and pride is a dangerous one because they feed off each other. As individuals, we think that this one sin or that one sin can be hidden or kept in the dark, and that all will be fine; until it destroys a marriage, or corrupts a relationship, or results in the loss of a job.  Or that as groups of individuals, as a church or a nation, some think that it is ok to not protect life for all, or the dignity of man and woman. And in our pride, like in   Corinth, we think it will not have consequences. Paul is saying WHOA WHOA WHOA, are you that blind to not see the consequences of allowing this in your midst, even if you aren’t the one doing it? 

This week let’s try to remember to uncover and eradicate any sin, any yeast we think we have hidden away in our own lives, so that strengthened in grace and clarity of conscience, we can then stand for what is right in the public arena as well. For it is never the wrong time to do the right thing.

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