Feast of St. Mark, the Evangelist
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Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”
You may not believe me, but it’s hard to preach that which is self-evident, especially when your audience is in denial.
America is a state in denial. Our media is in a state of denial. Our self-proclaimed “tolerant” people are in a state of denial. They just can’t seem to place their finger on who’s (actually, “what’s”) to blame for the latest terrorist attack. Of course we all know who committed this atrocity. But what everyone is reluctant in saying or admitting or suggesting is what’s to blame for it.
We are in a state of denial! Can anyone blame us? No! We face a scary reality.
There are so many people in our nation that would like to believe (or play “make believe”) that religion doesn’t really matter anymore and that all religions are the same.
We would prefer to believe that 9-11, the most horrific terrorist attack EVER, was an American conspiracy. Yes! It’s true. There are a lot of people who would prefer to believe that some nation, even our own nation, was behind it. They would prefer to believe in this than in the alternative: a group of unprofessional, yet highly religious Muslims.
We would prefer to believe that these individuals were attacking our democracy and targeting our most important institutions (Twin Towers, Pentagon and the Capitol building), and not our support for Israel and religious freedom.
We would prefer to believe that a government or nation was behind the attacks, not clerics. You see, a nation is contained to a specific geographical region, and we can put our hands around it. But clerics? They’re all over the world! How do you stop them?
We would prefer to believe that all these terrorist attacks were orchestrated by a small group of individuals who died in their attacks. Good riddance! But the reality is quite different: their legacy lives on; their story is being retold and repeated to this day. More recruits are coming in… and by the thousands, and they are fighting all over the world and gaining experience.
We would prefer to think that we can kill or apprehend every single terrorist before they strike. But it seems like sometimes we get there just a little too late, even with the latest technology.
We would prefer to believe that we will not be held hostage by terrorists. Boston Brave! But the people of Boston were held hostage for hours, nearly an entire day! It wasn’t the wrong thing to do, but it was exactly what they (the terrorists) had hoped to do.
We want to believe that people in the Middle East are rejecting radical Islam and embracing something else. But the truth is: they are electing Islamists. We have more countries in the Middle East that have embraced Sharia Law as their law. In Pakistan, non-Muslims are routinely persecuted and put to death under their recent blasphemy law. In Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, women are stoned to death. In Saudi Arabia, criminals are beheaded. In Iran, a Christian pastor was sentenced to death. The head of the Iranian nation, elected by the people, continues to deny the Holocaust. In Egypt, the Muslim brotherhood and the ultra-religious Salafists won, far and square, the Arab Spring elections.
We would love to believe the war on terror, religious freedom and intolerance is over. We would love to believe that our leaders are on the right track.
Maybe Christ was on to something when he told his disciples: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” Maybe he foresaw what would happen if we didn’t.
We have a message that needs to be told. We have a message that is worth sharing. Maybe they could use our help today.