Sorry folks. I guess these daily posts are kind of like working out, I miss one day and then the next thing I know it’s been a week. This is why I haven’t been campaigning for people to sign up to receive these posts until I can fully develop the daily habit.
Today’s readings can be found here.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that he did not come to condemn, and that he did come to bring light to the darkness. In the United States we also celebrate a special saint today, St. Damien de Veuster of Molokai. He was a Belgian priest who spent his life, and eventually gave his life, serving a leper colony in Hawaii.
In this way St. Damien becomes a model for us of how we too are called to imitate Christ. For St. Damien did not go to Hawaii to condemn the lepers, he went there to love them, and care for their souls. He did not leave them in the darkness of isolation, but brought Christ and the Gospel to them through the Word and Sacraments.
Where is the Molokai of our life? Who are the lepers in our life?