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These reflections are a result of more than 40 years of ministry as a Roman Catholic priest. Most of these years I spent in the Diocese of Charlotte which covers Western North Carolina. Now I am retired, and live in Medellín, Colombia where I continue to serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Medellín.

Saturday, 27 June 2020 13:34

WEDNESDAY, WEEK XIII, ORDINARY TIME

"I hate, I spurn your feasts, says the LORD, I take no pleasure in your solemnities; Your cereal offerings I will not accept, nor consider your stall-fed peace offerings. Away with your noisy songs! I will not listen to the melodies of your harps. But if you would offer me burnt offerings, then let justice surge like water, and goodness like an unfailing stream." (Amos 5:21-24)

I remember my homiletics professor in seminary complaining about political parties using religion in their campaigns. He said, “Whenever politics gets religion, the poor always suffer.” The prophet Amos had a similar point of view. It wasn’t that ancient Israel wasn’t religious, they were: lots of religious feasts, sacred music and oodles of sacrifices. What was missing was the one thing that God wanted: JUSTICE.

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