There are probably a lot of media "experts" and political pundits who are hoping to walk by this cafe today after their meltdown following the State of the Union address last night. The "Soup of the Day" may be a hot item on the menu.
Watching the reactions of our elected officials in the chamber last night during President Trump's State of the Union address was quite entertaining on one hand, but very sad on the other hand. The ideological divide in our country is real. Ultimately, where does that lead us? The words of Abraham Lincoln resonate in my mind. "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
There are some common sense values that should be easy to uphold. Would you not assume that all would be happy about lower unemployment numbers in the country? Apparently not. We are unable to celebrate even the most basic of things which should unite us. Ideology reigns supreme.
The U.S. Senate has recently proven once again that common sense is not too common. I share the sentiment of Rev. Dwight Longenecker in being shocked that the bill to outlaw abortions past twenty weeks was defeated. I am also deeply saddened by the 14 Catholic Senators who voted against this bill. Fr. Longenecker's post gives the names and shows their votes. I highly recommend you read his article.
Moral issues have been politicized across the board. Let's be realistic. It is not politics which will bring healing to our country. It is faith. The words of Jesus in Mark's Gospel spoken to the woman healed of an affliction of hemorrhaging for twelve years should speak to all of us. "Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction." (Mark 5: 34)
Do we have the kind of faith that allows God to truly move in our lives?