I think it’s easy to write about Church History, doctrine, canon laws, etc.
It’s easy to talk about how Catholics, or any simply Christian, should conduct themselves by the edicts of their professed Church. I look up a source, type it up, cite it, and give it to you.
It’s even easy to dust off one’s metaphorical or literal soapbox, step up, look at the empty and strange faces in the crowd and preach what we think is the message of the Gospel.
So what is difficult? I find it’s difficult to understand God, and his message, because I’m human. The divine is simply something when I meditate on is something that feels so distant, although at times it rushes through my soul–and evaporates so to speak. God comes to us through His grace. He invites us into a relationship with Him, after millenniums of we humans rejecting His grace. We, a creation of His, who shared a friendship with Him, reflected inward and chose–and still choose–our individual priority over Him and those of our community.
My recent time spent studying God’s Word in Mark’s Gospels; and with it, my reflection on our human condition only stresses how lost we His sheep truly are in the world.
I could write more on certain reflections on the Gospel itself, such as the Miracle of feedings of the 5000 and 4000, the Young Rich Man, the service to others, and the many healings of Jesus early in Mark’s Gospels, but what would it matter? The Gospel speaks for itself–either accept the grace given or be eaten by the sparrows, burned in the sun or choked away to the fires of Gehenna.
We must rely on our faith in God and His grace because we live in a world where logically sound ideas and civil debate, or at least ones with substance not driven by social media and ‘fake news’ (whatever that means), are no longer dangerous. Of course, ideologically driven groupthink can be as influential as any mob in history, but one person’s idea such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Jesus, Paul, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Kant, Descartes, Spinoza, Voltaire, Burke, Locke, Paine, Jefferson, Marx, Nietzche, Freud, MLK, John Paul II etc. can no longer change the tide of our internet driven Western consumer culture.
The culture has gone to two extremes, The heresy of the 20th century of becoming so inward driven by our desires for material consumption and the other of a virtual Gnosticism of battling for our perceived ‘rights’ either in the media or on social media.
Look at the trends of our culture, look at what influences them, Do any of our blogs even matter or do they serve us to merely be complacent with our status quo? Ask yourself, can one person have the influence of a Paul, Augustine, Jefferson, MLK, or John Paul II?