Be THAT Friend

Greetings on this the Monday of the Second Week of Advent
Readings: Is 35:1-10; PS 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14; Lk 5:17-26
Notes: I watch and listen to the disintegration of America by the political right.

Donald Trump’s call for “the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution” because he thinks the 2020 election was stolen from him.

Trump is sick enough to take down the entirety of our nation’s governance and gift.

“That’s a remarkable statement,” Stephanopoulos said. “You just said you’d support a candidate who’s come out for suspending the Constitution.” (in response to Republican Ohio Rep. Dave Joyce).

Politicians sick enough to support Trump.

Kevin McCarthy already has plans for Jan. 3, the first day of the 118th congressional session, as Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives. The current House minority leader said the entirety of the United States Constitution will be read on the first day of the new Congress.

A hollow and meaningless gesture in light of the systematically disregard of the constitution by the Republicans.

In the history books the failure to convict Trump in the second Impeachment trial will be recognized as the fatal blow to democracy. The Republican party is paralyzed by ambition and fear.

I would prefer forgiveness and right thinking.

I want to be THAT friend. You too be THAT friend. The one who brings the sick to Jesus.

And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence. But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus.

First reading
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; Then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing.

Responsorial Psalm
Our God will come to save us!

Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven.

Alleluia Verse
Behold the king will come, the Lord of the earth, and he himself will lift the yoke of our captivity.

Gospel Portion
One day as Jesus was teaching… and the power of the Lord was with him for healing.

Some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus.

When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “As for you, your sins are forgiven.”

Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply, “What are you thinking in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”– he said to the one who was paralyzed, “I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.”

He stood up immediately before them, picked up what he had been lying and went home, glorifying God.

Democrats and Independents – pray for Republicans trapped in regret and remorse. Pray for Republicans trapped in a cult and disdain of the very institutions that bring freedom. Then pray for yourself for the same reasons, different topics. Be THAT friend.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

2 thoughts on “Be THAT Friend

  1. Your words of warning and prayers of intercession are dearly needed at this time. We need a birth of humility and healing in the United States of America and in our world. Our most recent former president’s harm, and the impact of the Covid19 pandemic, were predicted by trained experts in the medical, social and political sciences. He’s an autocrat hunting for absolute power, envious of Putin, Xi, and even Kim. His comments this past weekend are the polar opposite of peace, healing and humility.
    Conflict over good and evil, justice and injustice, or right and wrong has been at the heart of of our Democracy from before the Articles of Confederation. The United States Constitution is our Country’s the most fundamental lever of authority to combat injustice, inequality and corruption.
    I am half-way through “Civil War by Other Means – America’s long and unfinished fight for Democracy” by Jeremi Suri. Suri provides detailed research on our Country after the Civil War. My next chapter is on Andrew Johnson’s impeachment. Prayers, Barry

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    1. Thank you for your insightful comments! I look forward to your analysis of the book!! We are indeed in a privileged age of rediscovery and openness to the unfamiliar. Truth and peace are gifts!


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