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Judging the Insignificant, Domesticating the Mystery

One of the advantages of working at a parish is that I rarely have a good excuse for not making it to Mass once or twice during the week. This morning the visiting priest reflected on the first reading during his homily and it resonated with what I have read recently from Pope Francis.

The reading was from 1 Kings and told the story of God sending Elijah to go stay with a widow who was so poor that she was about to use up her flour and oil to make one last meal for her and her son. Elijah tells the woman that if she makes him something to eat that her flour and oil will not run dry. The widow responded with faith and The Lord blessed her as Elijah had promised. In his homily, Father made the point that God regularly reveals himself through small, insignificant people. God revealed his power and faithfulness to Israel through a woman, a widow so poor and alone that she was literally about to die from starvation.

Last week I wrote an article about the “neo-Gnosticism” Pope Francis keeps warning us about. One way that this subtle heresy, the spiritual sickness, presents itself is how we look at others.  More specifically, this Gnosticism leads us to look down on others who we think couldn’t possibly teach us anything about God.

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Paul Fahey is a husband, father of four, and professional lay person. He writes for Where Peter Is and Diocesan.

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