Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Tuesday in the 10th Week of Ordinary Time (I)
Question and Answer

Readings: 2 Corinthians 1:18-22; Psalm 119:129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135; Matthew 5:13-16

Our readings today call to mind a simple song that the Charismatics like to sing. The song begins: Christ is the answer to all my longing, Christ is the answer to all I need…

When we are little, we quite naturally place our trust in people. We quite naturally accept everything that people say to us. It’s as if we simply assume that they are on our side. And then, as we grow up, the circumstances and complexities of life teach us to be more cautious, even suspicious. We begin to doubt others. We begin to ask many questions before accepting what people say. And this is not a bad thing. We need to protect ourselves too. Not everyone is worthy of our trust.

But, all too often, these doubts get transposed onto our relationship with God as well. Especially when faced with disappointments and setbacks, we may begin to doubt God’s love for us. We may question whether God is truly on our side. These questions can lead us further away from God. But they can also lead us closer. How do we regain our trust, especially when God doesn’t seem to be answering our questions?

Paul helps us by reminding us today that God really only has one answer to all the questions that life may pose. The Christ Jesus that we proclaimed among you… was never Yes and No: with him it was always Yes, and however many the promises God made, the Yes to them all is in him. Isn’t this simply another way of expressing what we hear in that song: Christ is the answer? If this is true, then perhaps the grace we need to ask for is gradually and continually to be able to see the connection between our questions and God’s answer to us in Christ.

More than that, today’s gospel invites to go further. We who are pride ourselves in being called Christian are called not only to find in Christ the answer to our own questions. We are also called to help others see the connection between Christ and their questions. More than simply seeking answers to our own questions, we are called, each in our own unique and irreplaceable way, to be part of God’s answer to the questions of the world. In the words of the gospel, we are called to be salt of the earth and light of the world.

How are we being called to do this today?

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