Summary: "I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor! "
Thursday of Third Week in Course 2017
Joy of the Gospel
Ss Timothy and Titus
Today’s feast is a challenge to those whose denomination teaches that the Church is not hierarchical. Most of these denominations consider themselves Bible fundamentalists, but today’s readings clearly show that, from the beginning, the Church had a well-defined leadership cadre, in doctrine, liturgy and authority. Ss Timothy and Titus were bishops, in Ephesus and Crete, during the period of St. Paul’s ministry. They were ordained–that’s what “laying on of hands” means. All of us Catholics who bear the mark of holy orders had a bishop lay hands on our heads. Then the bishop put the Book of the Gospels into our deacon hands and told us to live what we preach, and preach what we read. Deacons are ordained primarily for service, priests for sacrifice and reconciliation, and bishops for headship. It is Christ’s idea, not some mere human’s.
In this week we in the United States are experiencing the secular leadership of a new national administration. Politics is in the headlines. The Holy Father understands politics, and writes as he muses on the application of economics to social justice for the poor: ‘I ask God to give us more politicians capable of sincere and effective dialogue aimed at healing the deepest roots – and not simply the appearances – of the evils in our world! Politics, though often denigrated, remains a lofty vocation and one of the highest forms of charity, inasmuch as it seeks the common good. We need to be convinced that charity “is the principle not only of micro-relationships (with friends, with family members or within small groups) but also of macro-relationships (social, economic and political ones)”. I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor! It is vital that government leaders and financial leaders take heed and broaden their horizons, working to ensure that all citizens have dignified work, education and healthcare. Why not turn to God and ask him to inspire their plans? I am firmly convinced that openness to the transcendent can bring about a new political and economic mindset which would help to break down the wall of separation between the economy and the common good of society.
‘Economy, as the very word indicates, should be the art of achieving a fitting management of our common home, which is the world as a whole. Each meaningful economic decision made in one part of the world has repercussions everywhere else; consequently, no government can act without regard for shared responsibility. Indeed, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find local solutions for enormous global problems which overwhelm local politics with difficulties to resolve. If we really want to achieve a healthy world economy, what is needed at this juncture of history is a more efficient way of interacting which, with due regard for the sovereignty of each nation, ensures the economic well-being of all countries, not just of a few.