Bamboozled, Disorientated, Confused
St. Hilary of Poitiers (310-367):
Everything is lavished as a gift by the Father, from the origins of life up to the ability of enjoying it (Commentary on Matthew).
‘Humility of spirit’ helps us receive the gift of God, to live it – not squandering it:
You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world (Matthew 5).
Salt preserves and flavours. Light shines in the darkness.
We are living not so much in an ‘era of change, but a change of era’ (Pope Francis). At such times, people can feel bamboozled, disorientated, confused.
We cannot be afraid of change. We will be left behind:
Who, for instance, wants to forego the benefits of modern forms of communications?
Likewise, we cannot be afraid of preserving, giving flavour and being a lamp. We will be judged unfaithful:
Who, for instance, wants to accede to violence, both verbal and physical?
We have a path.
The Decalogue (Ten Commandments) and the Beatitudes are in our hands:
God Himself, His Name, His Day (1-3).
Family Life, Life Itself, Sexual Values, Respect for Property, Love for Truth (4-10).
People need us.
Deep down they desire fundamental human values.