Pope Francis has proclaimed this year to be a Year of Mercy. 2016 is also a presidential election year in the United States. (Interesting.) Take this as background, then throw in a randomly selected passage from the Bible, and this is what you might get – a Bible Burst of spontaneous thoughts on metaphysics, politics, Christian responsibility, and the pleasures of angry rantings on social media and in the world…
What do you deserve?
But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
I read a lot of rants on Facebook and hear many more on television. Many people are angry. And it seems that spouting off insults on posts, interviews, or in debates, makes them feel better, somehow. They can complain about the smallest, most trivial things, or about much bigger and more serious problems – and, yet, the tone seems to remain the same. Some people are genuinely discontent, and rightfully so, and they raise their voices seeking for justice. But, too often, those quests for justice just sound like so many people being mad and fuming about it.
It looks like all the world, and yes, that includes me, indulges in angry pleasures.
Why? Why do…
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I don't call myself a poet — but the beating of my heart is poetry. I don't call myself a theologian — but the light of my mind seeks the Divine. Who I am is a Child of God, a Divine Creation, a person devoted to being fully human, fully alive.