Mt 25:1-13 Ridi, Pagliaccio!
Jesus told his disciples this parable: “The Kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps.”
The wise one is the prudent one, and the prudent one is the one who learns from the past.
I am so glad I stayed awake last night to watch the Republican National Convention (RNC). Not so much for the speeches or guest appearances and hoopla, but because I had forgotten that Cardinal Dolan would be giving the closing benediction. I listened intently to what he had to say. But I must admit, while he was praying, curiosity got the better part of me. I began to wonder whether the other stations were televising this. So, I began to flip through the channels. To my astonishment, all the news channels were televising it, except for one: MSNBC.
Of course, I didn’t really expect MSNBC to break from their goal of being the nation’s premier humanistic and anti-Christian channel. It’s hard to deny their cynical, harsh and judgmental attitude towards Christianity in the public square. Last night, was just another example of that. I know what you are thinking: Maybe, they were giving their viewers an alternative. Maybe. But an alternative to what? To reality? To an inconvenient truth? That a major political party still invokes All-mighty God’s protection and help? That the Catholic Church continues to be a major player in our God-forbidden society? That Roman Catholic Bishops are still highly respected in America for their defense of the sacredness of life, marriage and family?
Let us see what MSNBC will do when Cardinal Dolan gives the closing benediction for the Democratic National Convention (DNC). I have to admit, what I found even more interesting than all of this, is that soon after Cardinal Dolan accepted the RNC’s invitation to pray, he asked the DNC if they wanted him to do the same thing. They declined the offer, and then immediately reversed their decision once they learned he had accepted the RNC’s offer. Now that is interesting…
Ridi, Pagliaccio! [Laugh clown, laugh!!!]
St. Paul writes, “Where is the wise one? Where is the scribe? Where is the great debater of this age? Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish?”
You bet he has! And how it makes us laugh at such spectacles. Not too long ago, I was speaking to a college freshman. He told me that he is starting to believe that the world was created by accident. I asked them if he knew what the word accident meant. He said, “Something that happens by accident.” I couldn’t believe it...a college student. I felt pity for him. So, I helped him. An accident is an occurrence without an intention. In other words, it’s like creating something without conceiving it. Do you really believe this about our world?
Then I got to thinking. Maybe this explains how art has become an accident; how we have gone from Michelangelo to Jack the dripper!
Long ago, scientists decided to experiment with nature so that they could control it, do violence to it, twist it and finally subdue it in order to dominate it. Social engineers have been trying to do the same thing, but to us! And the results have been exactly the same. Devastating! Instead of making our world better, we’ve actually made it worse. Instead of making man better, we’ve actually made him a lot worse.
Of course it is all by "accident". They just keep creating without conceiving! Or better yet, they keep creating by twisting. Everything they call "new" is nothing more than the old “twisted”. For example, a homosexual marriage is nothing more than a twisted marriage. Nasal sex (not to say something already in existence) would be nothing more than twisted sex. The “new family” is nothing more than a twisted family. A human clone is nothing more than a controlled man.
We think the world we live in needs improvement. Ridi, Pagliaccio!
Stay awake! Stay tuned!
“The foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” (1Cor 1:25)