What are your priorities in this life? Where is your heart? What drives your passions and guides your actions? These are just a few of the questions that have been lurking in the back of my mind during the last few Gospel reflections.
This is especially true in my mind this morning, as America is preparing to inaugurate Joe Biden as our President. I have plenty of concerns today, least of all are the multiple scandals surrounding Biden and His Son, or even the accusations of election fraud. No, I’m most concerned about Joe Biden, the self-proclaimed Catholic.
No. It is not my position, nor in my authority to judge Biden’s eternal status. However, we’re able to compare his life’s actions and especially his political acts and positions, and compare them to the teachings of Jesus, and His Church. I’ve done that, and find that from all available data, that Biden is a Catholic in name only (CINO). In that observation, I cannot help, but draw parallels to today’s Gospel reading, where CINO Joe is playing the part of the religious rulers of that day. What’s his motivation? Why is he so blatantly defying the teachings of his church.
We, as the Church should be feeling the same sense of anger that Jesus did in the temple towards the Pharisees who cared more for power and control, than for doing the right thing.
It is important that we as Catholic Christians be more concerned with doing the will of the Father than following our own self-serving agenda. As I was preparing for this reflection Matthew 6:21 came to mind — “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” It seems to me, that CINO politicians such Biden care more about making a profit from their position than their Christian faith — beware the levin of the Pharisees.