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Solemnity of Saint Joseph

Date: 
Thu, 03/19/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Some people will never be convinced of the truth.
Because of their suspicion, they cannot acknowledge and accept the facts.
Their ego, their psychological make-up is so fragile, so inflexible,
the threat of the truth is so severe, it must be denied. 
They adopt a defensive, self-protecting posture;
their current understanding of self and world,
must be guarded at all costs.
 
Some of these people are easily recognized:  conspiracy theorists….
those who claim the holocaust never happened…
that 9-11 was part of a US government plot….
that no one has ever been to the moon…all the camera footage is faked….
it was all done secretly in a Hollywood studio.
 
Some of these unconvinced people are harder to spot….
- the spouse who says:  our problems are all you’re fault, not mine.  I don’t have any problems.
- the person who claims:  I can save myself.
- the sexually abusive priest who says:  I didn’t do anything wrong
- the Christian who claims:  I have no sins to confess.
- the narcissist who says:  the world would be a perfect place if everyone were like me.
 
For what ever reason, in spite of the presence of fact, people deny the truth.
 
The Jews denied the truth about Jesus.
The evidence was presented to them:  John testifies to the truth.
The Father testifies to the truth.  Moses testifies to the truth.
Jesus’ works testify to the truth.
The OT scriptures testify to the truth.
And yet the Jews remain unconvinced.
 
What about us…do we remain unconvinced?
Yes, we believe Jesus is the Son of God….
but are we convinced that following him will lead us to salvation?
Are we convinced…
- that the risk of standing up for what we believe in is worth it?
- that in selling all we have and giving it to the poor will not leave us destitute?
- that sacrificing and dying will bring us new life?
- that cooperation with others is better than competition or domination?
- that an unseen act of charity makes all the difference in the world?
- that forgiveness and mercy and not “an eye for an eye” leads to true peace?
- that God is to be found in the ordinary events of our daily living?
- that we are in constant need of conversion of heart and mind?
St. Joseph, I believe, was convinced of these truths.
 
Today we pray:  “Enrich us, O Lord, with the plentitude of your wisdom,
that we might have life.  Amen!”