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To whom shall we go?

“Do you also want to leave?”

That’s the question that Jesus poses to Peter and the apostles at the end of the Gospel reading today. In light of the horrors detailed in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report of the unimaginable abuse of children and systematic cover up by bishops, many Catholics have recently been asking themselves this question. Beyond this present scandal though, this is a question that I would dare to say most Catholics ask themselves, sometimes on a regular basis. Whenever the demands of the Gospel seem unbearable and the commandments impossible to follow we ask ourselves why we stay.

So why do we stay?

I think there’s only one good answer, and it’s presented in today’s first reading. Joshua is giving a great speech to the the people of Israel asking them if they will stay faithful to The Lord or if they will leave to follow other gods. And the people answered…

 

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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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