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Are We Ready to Let God Empower Us? 1-27-2019

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

In a book called, If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries, the reader is invited to see the world through the eyes of a five or six year old little boy.
If I were in charge of the world, he says: “I’d cancel oatmeal! I’d cancel allergy shots! I’d cancel Monday mornings.”
If I were in charge of the world, he says: “There’d be brighter night lights, healthier hamsters and basketball baskets forty-eight inches lower.”
If I were in charge of the world, “you wouldn’t have lonely, you wouldn’t have bedtimes, or ‘Don’t punch your sister!’ You wouldn’t even have sisters.”
If I were in charge of the world, a chocolate sundae with whipped cream and nuts would be a vegetable, and a person who sometimes forgot to brush, and sometimes forgot to flush would still be in charge of the world!
Question: What would you do if you were in charge of the world? Jesus gives His answer in today’s Gospel lesson. Luke tells us that Jesus, “With the power of the Spirit in Him,” went into the synagogue, as He usually did on the Sabbath Day, and read this passage from the Old Testament Book of Isaiah:
“The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me,
for He has anointed me. He has sent me to bring
Good News to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free,
to proclaim the Lord’s year of favor!”
What do we proclaim to this world – we who call ourselves Catholic Christians? What do we proclaim with our words – with how we live our everyday lives.
I have people all the time say, what a sorry state our world is in today.
My response:
We can’t put the blame on Christ and Christianity. We have to blame ourselves in part, especially if we are merely card-carrying Christians – that is, Christians who claim to believe in Christ, but are uncommitted to his causes.
G.K. Chesterton was right when he said: “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.”
So it is not enough to be moved emotionally by Christ’s inaugural speech today; we have to do something about it. We have to seek out the oppressed and outcasts and support their quest for justice. We have to reach out to the unwanted and unloved and reaffirm their dignity. We have to listen to the cries of the wounded and poor and lift them up with compassion.
If we don’t believe in Christ’s causes, then we shouldn’t stand up and recite the Creed. But if we do believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, and if we believe in committing ourselves to him, then we should stand up with conviction and courage and proclaim the Creed! Then go live it as best we can.
I close with this image –
A boy and girl returned to the girl’s home after their first date. Standing at the front door, the boy asked, nervously, “May I kiss you?” No reply. Again he asked, “Can I kiss you?” No reply. A third time, “Can I kiss you?” Still no reply. “Are you deaf?” said the boy. “Are you paralyzed? The girl replied.
Are we ready to let God empower us to do what we need to do to be one of God’s servants today or as the young girl asked, are we paralyzed?