Shakespeare’s Hamlet says, "the time is out of joint" (Act I, scene 5) expressing his idea that his world is not sane and that things are not as they should be. And he continues with “I was born to set it right!"
Today, Catholics might say the same, “the time is out of joint.” We are confronted with a long list of cultural currents of our time that conflict with our Christian values.
However, Catholics know that going with these currents will lead to frustration and depression. They may find it confusing and difficult relating to people around them. And they find raising their children even more difficult.
Like Hamlet, they feel like “the time is out of joint.” And, like Hamlet, they feel that they have a responsibility “to set [something] right” in their world.
In the first reading today, Paul tells the Corinthians that he has a responsibility. He says he has been entrusted with a stewardship. He says he preaches the gospel so that he may win over as many as possible.
In today’s gospel, Jesus asks a rhetorical question: “Can the blind lead the blind?” Then he adds His disciples must be prepared if they are going to help someone else.
Paul and Jesus were committed to the tasks before them. Are we:
Committed to living according to and sharing the values we have learned from our faith?
Committed to praying with and teaching our children in our homes?
Prepared to teach our children to live in accordance with the teaching of our faith, even when doing so is inconsistent with the current trends of the culture around them?
Thank you for being with us today, dear friend. May God bless you and your families.
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About Father Pinto Paul, C.S.C.
Father Pinto Paul C.S.C., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1999, worked with tribal populations in northeast India as a missionary for ten years. In 2010 he came to the US for further studies. While working as a campus minister at Stonehill College, he assisted pastors in local parishes, led seminars and workshops for teachers and students in the US and earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, Cambridge. He is currently working as the International Director of the Boston-based Holy Cross Family Ministries with missions in 17 countries.