The WORD in Other Words by Fr. Reynaldo Jimenez, SVD (Philippines) for Thursday 15th Week in Ordinary Time
We live in a world where apparently, the end justifies the means. This line of thinking follows a line of action that can be described in this way. Identify the (perceived) main problem then propose a solution, no matter what the resulting “collateral damage” that solution may bring. For example, generalize or posit a complex problem like “drugs” and the urgent need to solve it; then one can justify any action against the scourge of drugs, including summary execution.
Our Lord instead proposes what we can call “collateral grace;” the resulting solution includes and does not exclude anybody. Our Lord proposes to concentrate on “available moments of grace” where “collateral sin,” is overwhelmed by “intentional grace.” Sin is simply met with more grace, thus presenting solutions if we only bother to search for them.
The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel celebrates the presence of abundant grace, especially in moments of crisis. Even at our darkest times, God will never abandon His people. The message of hope and overcoming evil are still relevant today, more than ever. Our Lord has never abandoned us nor has he delayed his help. We just need to open our eyes and acknowledge God’s graciousness and tremendous love now.
Source – Bible Diary 2020