Today’s first reading from the Book of Kings picks up where we left off yesterday. In case you missed it, King Ahab desired the land of Naboth, an ordinary God-fearing man. However, Naboth believed it would go against his relationship with God to part with this land, and so he refused.
There is a family that I knew well. Two adult married brothers living in adjoining homes. The entire time I knew them there was a cold silence between them. They never spoke to each other and did not even recognize each other’s physical presence or wave to each other in neighborly greeting. I have no knowledge of the past offense or slight that set this enmity in motion. But it spread its toxic poison to their wives, children and friends.
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Yesterday, Father Willy pointed out that we’ve reached the halfway point of Lent as he spoke about the scriptures leading us to focus on encountering Jesus in this second part of Lent. It reminded me of a commercial for the latest cell phone.
What if the way of healing of humanity at the crossroads we find ourselves now were right before our very eyes, waiting only for us to see it and follow it?
The priest on duty for the UCLA hospital gets a list of names and room numbers of people who request a visit usually for anointing of the sick before surgery and often just to have a conversation with a friendly person.
These past couple of days the Scripture readings have mirrored the pain, anger, and despair of many of our contemporaries. We heard the cry and anguish of Hannah who was barren and wanted so much to conceive a son. Later it was the account of the lepers and their isolation, an experience felt by homeless people, migrants and addicts living in tents on city streets.