My Dear Parishioners and Friends,
“Let all the nations praise you!” (Psalm 67:4) today’s psalm response exclaims. In the psalms and other Hebrew scriptures, this kind of invocation is actually an invitation to God to act, to intervene in human lives in a manner that will cause everyone—not just the Chosen People—to give praise. Stated a bit more strongly, it is something of a “put up or shut up” challenge to God, the sort of strong statement the psalmists of Israel, trusting in their intimate and loving relationship with God, were not afraid to make.
The Gospel has its own exclamation, announcing the appearance of the Canaanite woman with “Behold!” (Matthew 15:22) “Behold!” is a scriptural flag that tells us that God is about to act or announce something through an individual or a situation. In the case of Jesus, God was going to act through this woman, whom nobody among Jesus’ followers would have believed to be an agent of the divine will. Like the psalmists, we might passively inform or perhaps even actively challenge God to do something so that everyone will come to belief, but God will always turn the tables on us. It becomes our calling, our duty (as it was for Jesus) to behold the situations and persons of our daily lives so that God can act through us, so the Kingdom can be announced through our living.
Also in other things……
A few weeks ago I ran across on the internet a trailer for a new Pro-life movie that I had heard was being done but had not yet been seen. The movie was called “Because of Gracia”. The context of the movie is summed up on their homepage on their website:
“A young man trying to get through high school unnoticed. A new student who disturbs the status quo. A pastor’s daughter in trouble from a dating relationship gone too far. The choices they make will change their lives forever”
I am told by Fr. Pat Lamb, who has seen the movie already, that it is in an excellent movie and opens in theatres Sept. 15,16, and 17.
You can view the trailer at BecauseOfGracia.com.
Will you help spread the word about this, and help an area prolife group Lehigh Valley Prolife Future, please help spearhead this effort.