Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time ‘c’
It is always very sad to hear about those among our clergy who mistreat others, behave inappropriately, steal, or live selfishly. Some of those behaviors are scandalizing and leave us with anger and disbelief -- how come that priest or that bishop, who was chosen to serve God and His people, did such a terrible thing? Unfortunately, we all are sinners, and we are tempted by evil to do things against God’s will. Some of us are strong enough to ask the Lord’s help and fight the temptations, but some are simply too weak. At times we make big promises and declarations, like a young, innocent priest during his ordination But then later he falls into temptations and sin. Today we read that: “Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.” He chose eleven “and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus.” This is very sad, but nothing new. Jesus continues choosing me and you for His mission, but it is up to us if we persevere or fail.