The proof is in the pudding, so to speak.
Words expressing love and concern are empty
until they are shown true in action.
The moment of truth
is when the wolf appears at the door.
God loves this world.
Jesus is the proof.
In the face of the ugliest of human cruelty
in the face of the darkness of death
Jesus does not abandon the cause of salvation.
When it comes dirty work
there are two types of people:
those who choose it for a greater good
and those who do everything in their power to avoid it
refuse to get their hands dirty
gladly paying someone else to tend to the unpleasant details.
When there is no appreciation for the dirty work,
life becomes twisted, purpose becomes selfish and pompous,
hearts become haughty, minds become narrow,
and Christian charity becomes empty.
My hat comes off to those
who muck around in sanitation plants
who wash the bottoms of the elderly and sick
who clean up fatal accident scenes
who embalm the bodies of the dead
who adopt children who are mentally and physically handicapped.
The Passion, the way of the Cross
was heavy duty dirty work.
When the wolf was at the door
Jesus didn’t abandon the sheep.
As a way of imitating Christ
may we be willing
to do our share of the dirty work.
By doing so
we will receive blessings from the Lord.
“Fill us with your love, O Lord, that we not excuse ourselves
from the messiness of life.”