Micah 2:1-5, Psalm 10:1-4, 7-8 & 14, Matthew 12:14-21
My Beloved, it appears that there have always been terrorists and exploiters, those who make sport of innocent lives and believe that the day of reckoning will never dawn. Today we live in a world where violence, greed, murder on a scale never before imagined continues unabated in almost every corner of the globe. The innocent and the God fearing are under siege while the godless and those who believe in a vengeful, blood thirsty god desire to spread their evil agenda through violence and terror. Yet we need not fear. You are not asleep but You are merciful and give all time for repentance and conversion. If despite every loving invitation they still reject You then they condemn themselves. The meek will inherit the earth while those who live by the sword will perish by it.
The lament continues in these verses and this lament is heard in the cries of the oppressed who are crushed day after day until they have no strength left to fight the enemy. Evil flourishes everywhere while the innocent stand by and watch helplessly as they are systematically stripped of all their legitimate rights along with their dignity.
The innocent wonder why You are silent in the fact of such gross and grave injustice. It would be easy Lord to think that You are far away and when all the while You are nearer to the broken hearted that we can ever imagine.
You do see, You do know and You are always in control.
You suffered my Beloved in every way that we suffer because You are no stranger to our human condition. You identify with our pain and when we bring our fears to You and the poor cry out to You at the grave injustices meted out to them as the powerful crush the very spirit from them, You weep.
When Your enemies hounded You and plotted to kill You, although You could have annihilated them with but a breath, You chose to simply walk away instead of provoking them to murder. Your time had not arrived. Rather You took the message of life to other places so all would have an opportunity of hearing the Word of God, welcoming the Word Incarnate in their midst and being blessed as the Eternal Word reached out to them, touched, healed and blessed them.
May we too learn how to turn difficulties into opportunities to spread God's Kingdom. Instead of breaking our heads against closed doors, let us go where we will find a more generous welcome for there are many who hunger and thirst for you and will receive You if somebody will carry the message of life and hope to them.