THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
Today’s reading: Jeremiah 26:1-9
Political correctness is the bane in our Church today. It
is not speaking to people about their sin, but just being
welcoming and accepting. It is seeking not to offend, exclude
or insult others, which may happen when people are confronted
with their sin. At times this is thought of as mercy. But
this is a false mercy, as it leaves people in their sin, and
away from the salvation of God.
are many Catholics, both lay and cleric, who are politically
correct. They are there in our parishes and chanceries. Their
reaction to someone who speaks openly about sin, for example
about how same-sex unions are intrinsically evil, is oftentimes
“violent.” This is how priests and laypeople reacted
to Jeremiah after he prophesied. “Now the priests, the
prophets, and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these
words in the house of the Lord. When Jeremiah finished speaking
all that the Lord commanded him to speak to all the people,
then the priests, the prophets, and all the people laid hold
of him, crying, ‘You must die! Why do you prophesy in
the name of the Lord” (v.7-9a).
had Jeremiah prophesied about? The Lord told him to speak
about the people’s sin, and to warn them about the consequences
of persisting in sin. “Say to them: Thus says the Lord:
If you do not obey me, by walking according to the law I set
before you and listening to the words of my servants the prophets,
whom I kept sending you, even though you do not listen to
them, I will treat this house like Shiloh, and make this city
a curse for all the nations of the earth.” (v.4-6).
Sin invites punishment.
God is merciful and loving. God rather wants people to repent
of sin than to bear the painful consequences of sin. So speaking
about sin is intended for people to realize their sin and
to amend their lives. “Perhaps they will listen and
turn, all of them from their evil way, so that I may repent
of the evil I plan to inflict upon them for their evil deeds.”
(v.3). Speaking directly about sin is intended for the good
of the sinner. On the other hand, not speaking about sin because
of political correctness is a failure in love for the sinner.
are all called to be prophets. We should speak for God and
His righteousness. This is especially critical in our Church
today, where many Catholics are lost, confused and mired in
sin. Priests should preach against sin, specifically about
sins of sexual immorality, which are so prevalent today among
Catholics. Laypeople should speak as well. “Thus says
the Lord: Stand in the court of the house of the Lord and
speak to the inhabitants of all the cities of Judah who come
to worship in the house of the Lord; whatever I command you,
tell them, and hold nothing back.” (v.2).
them. Hold nothing back. Do not be politically correct.