“Perhaps we do not know what love is: it would not surprise me a great deal to learn this, for love consists, not in the extent of happiness, but in the firmness of our determination to try to please God in everything”— St. Teresa of Avila
Immediately following the blessing, a woman across the church began, it seemed, to sob. Her cry, however, quickly turned into disturbingly loud shouts, shrieks, and pain-filled screams.
Repeating the words of Pontius Pilate as he reacts to Jesus’ compelling witness, too many of our contemporaries ask: “What is truth?” As current events and people challenge our innermost beliefs, we feel compelled to search for answers about our human existence and the ultimate meaning of our lives – we are moved to seek the truth.
We could choose to focus on the pain of rejection, but I choose to rejoice because I have been found worthy to be rejected for love of Jesus Christ. This was not the first time I was rejected because of my faith and it will not be the last.
The readings of today’s liturgy emphasize one simple truth of our Catholic faith: sin damages us and others. It has serious long-term consequences—even those of an unending, eternal duration. Sin can lead to that terrifying reality we call hell.