1 Corinthians 2:1-5
You have every right to be mad, angry, frustrated, baffled, to disagree, to think and believe differently. As a Christian, you are first of all called, in spite of these feelings to love your brothers and sisters.
It is exceptionally easy -- too easy, in my estimation -- to cast someone aside. Whether it be their politics, their religion, their ethnicity, you name it. All you have to do is pull out your phone type out a few words and you're done.
No matter how ignorant or mean-spirited, even bigoted, the opinions of another person may be, we are no better than they are if we name call or ridicule or write off that person because of their ideas.
In Sunday's Gospel, Jesus tells us we are the light of the world and our light should shine before all. Imagine how much better our world would be if, instead of hating or ignoring those with whom we disagreed, we engaged charitably, if we challenged and critiqued while being a good, trusting friend.
A year ago, Antonin Scalia died. One of the remarkable aspects of his life that came to light in the days following his death was his close friendship with fellow Supreme Court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Perhaps there have never been too more diametrically opposed jurists to sit simultaneously on the Supreme Court than Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, yet they would spend holidays together. They were friends in spite of their differences (sometimes severe) of opinion.
It is my challenge to each of you this week to identify one person in your life whose politics, religious viewpoints, or personal decisions make you upset and/or uncomfortable. This is the person who you are called to enlighten with the Light of Christ, the Light of Faith.
We need more optimistic, loving Christians than witty Twitter celebrities.
God bless you, Fr. Patrick.