Friends we hear in the Scriptures, "They walked in the hardness of their evil hearts and turned their backs, not their faces, to me. Yet they have not obeyed me nor paid heed; they have stiffened their necks and done worse than their fathers. When we speak all these words to them, they will not listen to you either, when you call them, they will not answer you. Say to them:

This is the nation that does not listen to the voice of the LORD, its God, or take correction.

Faithfulness has disappeared; the word itself is banished from their speech."

The excerpts from the Prophet Jeremiah sound more like the political commentary you now hear on many news outlets about the unrest in our country--complete with stiffened necks, turned backs and walking with hardness in their hearts. "This is the nation that does not listen to the voice of the Lord, its God, or take correction.”

Why is this? Can we blame it on Twitter or cable news stations? Maybe, but even if they all disappeared, I am not optimistic that our divisiveness as exhibited over the last decade would end, and our nation would soon be united. I have come to the personal realization that the more I watch, listen and read about our political malaise, the more I am not letting the voice of the Lord be the touchstone upon which I rely.

Maybe the solution to this growing problem is to remember that more important than how the opinions and comments align themselves with red states and blue states, or any political party lines, are the teachings of Christ and how we should first and foremost view the vexing political problems that are dividing our country through the lens of our faith. Maybe if we spent as much time praying and serving those in need as we do watching or listening to TV, radio, internet or cable news we would be in a much better state of mind.

I assume these challenges and the solution is generally the same in each country, accounting for the differences which our various cultures and politics involve.

Friends, as we move into the last days of Lent and continue our daily examination of conscience, let us focus on what Christ says we should do for others and not the rancor of political commentators. Maybe just maybe we need to re-read the Beatitudes in Matthew 25:31-46 in light of today's issues and think about how we can be part of the solution instead of a nay-saying part of the problem. Remember, if we feel compelled to pick a side in these seemingly endless controversies, the smart move would be to pick CHRIST's.

This reflection was taken from a Jesuit University student. When I read it I said, this needs to be communicated to as many people that find that our beloved country is moving farther and farther away from God and his laws.

May Mary Immaculate continue to protect our country from Godless ways.

Let us all continue to pray for our country.


fr. tony cirignani

Submitted by Mary Chris Olsen
Date Published: 03/28/2017