|Posted by Xavier Thelakkatt on February 27, 2016 at 1:20 AM|
I was at a Thanksgiving party in the home of Janet and John. A few of their close neighbors were also invited. Among them I met Nancy, a bubbly middle aged woman. She engaged others in conversation well and was funny. I also noticed that she wore a wig. When the neighbors had left, Janet told me a bit about Nancy. She was apparently dying of terminal cancer and was on radiation therapy. She had worked as a nurse at the Planned Parenthood clinic in town for many years. “What goes around, comes around, doesn’t it?” Janet’s tone of voice indicated that Nancy deserved it. I felt sad. Now, did her actions bring it upon her? Did it happen because of her sin of helping with abortions?
It is often a human way of thinking, rather simplistic and in some way judgmental. In fact Jesus resented it. People brought to him the news that some Galileans who revolted against the authorities under the guise of a sacrifice were brutally murdered. Jesus immediately responded, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did” (Lk 13:2-3). Can anyone claim to be a better sinner?
Third Sunday of Lent Ex3:1-8, 13-15; 1Cor 10:1-6, 10-12; Lk 13:1-9