But Mass Media is ready to do what Jesus won’t do,
and won’t do what Jesus does do
Grateful for the Mercy of God
Today at work I overheard Man A (who sits behind me) say to Man B (who sits across from Man A), “so who is worse, Roy Moore or so and so.” Sorry, I don’t remember the other guy’s name. You have several to choose from. I managed to resist the urge to insert myself into their conversation (until now).
I don’t know these men whom mass media is parading around for ratings, power, and political plays. I don’t know who did what to whom or when. But considering the things I’ve heard males at work say (and do) to me and to those around me, my response to Man A’s question would have been: “who’s worse: Man A or Man B or Man C, in the office over there? And is Woman A (me) worse of a sinner than Woman B (who sits across from me) or Woman C (who sits around the corner)?”
Many in mass media are ready to point the finger. Consumers of mass media are ready to think I must be all right, because I didn’t do what they say that guy did. (Or at least no one knows, and I don’t expect to be on the nightly news or skewered on late night “comedy” shows.)
The problem with all this is that when the people brought the woman caught in adultery to Jesus (hoping he would condemn her), no one was able to cast the first stone. (John 8:7) If all the sinners have to resign or get fired from their jobs, there will be no one working and no managers to fire anyone.
We don’t need to say that mass media is not trustworthy. The oxymoron of the year is Hollywood posing as America’s new moral compass.
Who is willing to go home and look in the mirror? Mass media is ready to judge and convict, but who can or will forgive and heal?
What I do know: the One who died for my sins and yours. The One who conquered death and frees us from sin and has gone ahead to prepare a place for us.
If you want the world to be a better place, get to work on being holy yourself and growing in virtue. It’s not enough that you are not Harvey Weinstein or Charlie Rose or Roy Moore or whoever else is being accused in the public square this particular minute.
If you haven’t already, turn off mass media and forego its drama. Open your Bible, and pray. Give God an opening in your life. Forgiveness and healing and grace are available in abundance from the all-merciful God.
Scriptures of the Day
1 John 1:8–10
If we say, “We are without sin,” we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and am here; I did not come on my own, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I am saying? Because you cannot bear to hear my word. You belong to your father the devil and you willingly carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe me. Can any of you charge me with sin? If I am telling the truth, why do you not believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not listen, because you do not belong to God.”
‘But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation: sin, because they do not believe in me; righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
Quotes of the Day
My Judge is also my Savior and my healer
Sin does not allow me to be the son or daughter God wants me to be.
It is a gift of the Holy Spirit that we know our sins.
The evil one condemning us tells us that God won’t forgive. The Spirit convicting us tells us that God always forgives.
Sin is always personal. It’s not a law that we break when we sin, it’s a heart that we break. When we sin we break the heart of the Lord who is madly and passionately in love with us. When we sin we break the relationship that the Father wants to have with us, that the Son and the Spirit want to have with us. Sin severs this relationship and separates us from God who wants to love us and pour out his blessing and his grace and his presence to us.
Truth is a gift of God.
— Father Dave, The Wild Goose segment 11
When God forgives a sinner who humbly confesses his sin, the devil loses his dominion over the heart he had taken. — Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Video of the Day
The Wild Goose is Loose Segment 11: The Spirit Convicts
Questions of the Day
- What effect has your sin had on your relationships?
- When convinced of your sin, what do you do next?
- Do you want to be reconciled to God?
Prayer of the Day
Love and Truth Go Together
Come, Holy Spirit. Come with your Truth.
Spirit of Love, reveal to me to all truth:
truth about the Triune God and about myself.
Holy Spirit, shine your light into my life;
help me to see how I have failed to love,
where and when I’ve misused God’s gifts,
been selfish, prideful, greedy, or lustful;
where I have coveted and been jealous.
Show me the areas of my life where I refuse
your Sprit entry and rightful reign;
where I have been ungrateful, or
given myself credit for what was your grace.
Which neighbor, brother, or sister, did I ignore?
When did I cross the road to go about my own business
rather than assist someone in need?
To whom did I refuse to give my time or talent?
Help me to embrace and accept my poverty.
Reveal the mercy available to me.
Teach me your ways.
Flood me with your healing presence.
Let me be reconciled with God, my creator,
who loved me into being.
Grant me strength to grow in virtue,
and live as a child of God.
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.
Amen. (Saint Faustina)