Fr. Dave's Take On It 9/3/17
A London lawyer runs a stop sign in Ireland and gets pulled over. He thinks he’s smarter than the cop, of course, so he decides to have some fun at the Irish officer’s expense.
Cop: License and registration please.
Lawyer: What for?
Cop: You didn’t come to a complete stop at the stop sign.
Lawyer: I slowed down and no one was coming.
Cop: You still didn’t come to a complete stop. License and registration please.
Lawyer: What’s the difference?
Cop: The difference is…you have to come to a complete stop. That’s the law. License and registration please.
Lawyer: If you can show me the legal difference between slow down and stop, I’ll give you my license and registration and you give me the ticket. If not, you let me go and don’t give me the ticket.
Cop: Sounds fair. Please exit the vehicle.
The London lawyer exits his car.
The Irish cop takes out his baton and starts beating the daylights out of the lawyer and says, “Do you want me to stop or just slow down?”
In the Gospel this weekend, Jesus suggests that his disciples will take a beating, sometimes with a baton or worse, and sometimes with words, ridicule, and ostracizing. So, we take up our cross and see what the future holds, knowing that Christ will give us the strength and courage we need to fight any battles ahead. It’s not all suffering, of course, and even in the most difficult of circumstances, there is great joy in knowing that we are on the side of truth and love. So, let us all take a deep breath, square our shoulders, and walk into the fields of our mission with confidence and resolve.
Labor Day celebrates the call of our God to work together to make our world a better place, in whatever capacity we can make that happen. Some days we may feel beaten down and other days we look forward to being at our workplace. Either way, we do what we can to do our best. And that goes for our students as well--work hard, at whatever level of the educational process you find yourself, to be your best and to make us proud and let us all enjoy the holiday weekend.
Happy Labor Day!