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Dear Friends,
“Who are you”? A short question that opens to a great number of answers. The first response of most people would be to simply give your name. But what comes after that. “But who are you”? The next responses could be as varied as the people answering the question. Some might continue by giving details about their life. Married, five children, a physician, a plumber, a financial analyst. Some might say where they live, where they went to school, their ethnic background. And did you ever attend a workshop where you were asked to introduce yourself? Without guidelines, the answers given by the first responder tend to set the pattern for all the responses that follow.

Interesting thing, that question – “who are you”? Now, before you go on, stop for a minute and answer it for yourself.

Did any of you say in response, “I’m a Catholic” or “I’m a Christian” I’m thinking – not many. Can you imagine yourself introducing yourself at a workshop by saying that – “I’m a Christian”? Generally, we tend to think such a response is a private matter, one we keep to ourselves, at least in such a public, secular forum.

And yet, Jesus would seem to have a different view. In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us, “You are the light of the world.” And, “Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” For people to glorify the heavenly Father on my account, they need to know that the good that I do, I do in imitation of Jesus and at His command and precisely because I want to glorify the heavenly Father. And that I am not just a humanist, but that I am a Christian and I am tasked with glorifying the heavenly Father, as Jesus did in and with His life.

So, being a Christian is not something I keep hidden, under wraps, as it were. I wear it on my sleeve. I let it form and guide my actions, my decisions, my opinions, my outlook on the world and what the world is doing. I have often said at daily Mass, when these readings come up that Catholic politicians who claim they can be one thing privately and one thing publicly need to take seriously these lines from Scripture.
But that applies to every Christian. We need to take seriously all of Jesus’ teachings, asking ourselves how they form me and my opinions about the world in which I live and about the issues, the public issues, which swirl around us these days. And we need to take Jesus into the voting booths with us, to guide us in our decision making.

Cardinal Tobin is reminding us of that in his recent statement, which appears on the next page. Instead of telling him he should mind the church’s business and only the church’s business, perhaps we should all re-read Matthew 25:31-46. “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me…” As I write this on Jan. 31st, we prayed at morning Mass, ”grant that by participation in this mystery, we may reflect the pattern of your love.”
God Bless,
Fr. Ron

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