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Midnight Musings

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A “Wild and Crazy” God

Jesus Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Frederick William Faber was born in 1814, son of an Anglican/Episcopal priest in Yorkshire, England. Following his father he was ordained a minister in 1837. In 1846 he became Catholic. Later he was ordained a Catholic priest and worked in the Oratorians, also called the Congregation of St. Philip Neri. He wrote poetry and hymns as Protestant minister and continued to write after becoming Catholic. Maybe his “wild and crazy” ride in his religious journey of faith gave rise to this hymn he penned in 1862 after his Catholic conversion:

“There’s a wideness in God’s mercy, like the wideness of the sea. There’s a kindness in God’s justice, which is more than liberty. There is no place where earth’s sorrows are more felt than up in heaven. There is no place where earth’s failings have such kindly judgment given.”

The gospel this weekend shows us this “wild and crazy” God. Not only did he send his Son into the world, but after the world rejected him, killed him and evicted him from the planet, the Father send him right back in his resurrection. God did not and does not give up on loving our world.

And even more pointedly, God sent Jesus back to the same apostles who had abandoned him, betrayed him and denied him. A greater miracle than coming back to life is going back to those losers, those betrayers, those cowards, those deniers! Jesus might have discarded them and started off with a new and better kind of apostle. But he went back to original disciples, as flawed as they were, to clearly proclaim that nothing they could do would make Jesus not love them. The same applies to us: nothing we can do will make God love us less and nothing we can do will make God love us more.

Not only did he come back to them, he reinstated them and commissioned them to spread the good news: “As the Father sent me, I send you” (John 20:21). He relied on those flawed apostles, as he relies on us. What a challenge! What a”wild and crazy” God!

Jesus Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Yours in Christ,
Father Paul
Fr. Paul Vuturo