“…who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture, says the Lord…You have not cared for them, but I will take care to punish your evil deeds.”
This First Reading from today’s Liturgy, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, (Jer. 23) reminds us that God will take care of business. In this we can be sure. We laity know our task is not to punish but to help shine the light of truth to help shepherds and their henchmen in the clergy sexual abuse crisis see the path to conversion and repentance.
We’re all on a salvation journey together. When your sheep cry, bishops, there’s a reason. Read the last line. He is merciful, yes, but “justice” is His name.
Photo: Author’s personal collection—taken in Ireland on a diocesan pilgrimage in 2017 with Bishop Richard Malone for whom we still pray fervently.