Will God Judge Us Accordingly?
My Dear People,
Isaiah, a major prophet of the Old testament, focuses on the servant role of Israel in our readings this week. The Lord has formed me as a servant from the womb, Isaiah states. Israel is to be a light to the nations, glorious in God’s sight. Is this how the world views Israel today? Is she a pillar of goodness and light? Does she draw all nations unto the Lord? While in Jerusalem a few years ago, I had the opportunity to speak with an orthodox Jewish rabbi at the Wailing Wall. He made the distinction between “cultural Jew” and “observant Jews”. Over 90% of Israel was non-observant, meaning Jewish in name only. Very, very few Israeli Jews practice any religion at all. This rabbi went on to say that his nation was a “scandal” unto the Lord, and that God would judge them accordingly.
It made me think about the Catholic Church. Are we the same? Cultural non-practicing Catholics, few faithful and obedient unto the Lord are we? Are we not a scandal unto the Lord? Our divorce rate, abortion rate, pro-homosexual view, and church attendance is not much like our pagan brothers. Is God going to judge us accordingly as well?
Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,
Fr. Mark Bozada
May we always be grateful for the fullness of our Roman Catholic faith.