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Looking back to our history may help us see our current world situation without fear… This week we experienced the furry of hurricane Maria as it hit Puerto Rico. We’ve also been dealing with earthquakes devastating Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, etc. To make matters worse the news report an increase tension between North Korea and the Unites States. Is this the end of the world?
On August 7 1899, hurricane Ciriaco destroyed the island of Puerto Rico. Since it was 1899 the natural thing was to wonder if the end of the world was near. But Puerto Rico lived to see many other hurricanes, among them: San Felipe (1928), San Ciprian (1932) and Santa Clara (1956) and all of them caused major fatalities and losses in the millions of dollars.
In 1960 a 9.5 earthquake hit Chile; in 1964 a 9.2 hit Alaska, and in 1952 Russia suffered a 9.0 that caused much damage. In Italy, an earthquake killed one hundred thousand (100,000) people in 1908 and, seven years later, another 30 thousand people were killed in an earthquake.
These and many other disasters have been recorded throughout history. In 1456 an earthquake killed 30,000 people in Italy. In 1508 Juan Ponce de Leon reported losing his ship to the fury of hurricane San Roque.
One thing is certain; these are neither the first natural disasters nor the last ones we will see. What all these events have in common is the need of being prepared; prepared not only with water, batteries and food, but also spiritually.
If people really believed that the end of the world was near, why are churches empty? If I knew that gas prices would soar up, guess what, I would stock up as many containers as I can find and fill them with gasoline. If you really believe that the apocalypse is prophesizing the future, then why are you not living more righteously? And I am not saying giving 10% of your money to charity! I am saying living a little bit better with your own family; in more harmony with your children; have a nicer and more loving relationship with your spouse; be more considerate with the neighbors (lower the music after hours). What about respecting other people’s opinions and religious beliefs? We do not need to go to the extreme of loving your enemies; GOD knows that if some of us cannot love our own children (including paying alimonies) how can we love those we hate? Of course, loving the enemies is a major spiritual step that Christ asked us to take that only those touched by the Spirit are able to do.
Natural disasters make us wonder if all this is fair. This Sunday’s readings are about fairness, but not human’s. God has another concept of what is fair.
Is it fair that a repented criminal will go to heaven after being killed on the electric chair? When you have worked very hard to live an honest life: not stealing, not killing and definitely not abusing children, it is hard to see the fairness in forgiving those who hurt our family. I understand, yet God’s love and forgiveness surpasses our reasoning and understanding. There is a nice movie out, the Shack, in which a father is confronted with God’s idea of fairness, just like this week’s gospel. The gospel of the landowner who pays everyone the same wages even if they only worked an hour…
I don’t know what’s going to happen in the world, there are lots of changes and lots of craziness around us, but one thing is certain: that only God knows, not the horoscope or a self-proclaimed guru or clairvoyant, because Jesus said that not even him knew the day or the time of the destruction.
I don’t care about the end of the world, and I do not buy people’s crazy reasoning. I am not going to get manipulated with their claims and their fears. What I do care is that my soul and the soul of my family and friends are save. I care about my enemy and I send lots of prayers and light to all of them. They are not my enemies any more. They are my brothers and sisters.
Let’s make this world a better world by showing our appreciation to our family and friends and, why not, to our so called enemies. Let us together stop people’s fears and thrill-seeking tantrums. Let us become beacons of light channeling peace, harmony and prayer. You can still have fun and enjoy life, without sacrificing your integrity and the integrity of others.
If there is something that calamities and natural disasters are teaching us is that we are so vulnerable that at any time we could be living without electricity, running water or food (even if we had all the money in the world). After all, the only thing that is certain is God’s love for us (it sounds cliché, but the bible said it, not me).
-Thank you and many blessings!
Rev. Marc Angelo, MDiv, MBAacc
I would like to announce that I have been chosen to be consecrated bishop. On November 18, 2017 I will be consecrated at 11:00am. In order to be recognized by the Vatican as legit, three bishops will be present. It promises to be a great celebration and the beginning of a new mission. Please pray for me as I get ready for this new step.
Remember that you can listen to some of my sermons in English and Spanish on the webpage: http://archangelschurch.org – look for past sermons.
Fr. Marc Angelo
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Fr. Marc Angelo
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