In the face of so many crimes committed nowa-days, many people question God’s Providence. “Why, my God, didn’t your exterminate every evil deed at once? Why don’t you kill every evil-doer before they have a chance to kill someone else? Could you not wipe them out right away?” But Jesus himself sent his disciples “as sheep among wolves”. He didn’t kill the wolves beforehand. Only one apos-tle, John, didn’t die as a martyr! Most of the popes of the first three centuries were martyred! The Church must be at its best when the world is at its worst. In the parable of wheat and the weeds, Jesus said that we cannot separate weeds and wheat now, but only at the end of time. If we tried to pull out the weeds from the wheat, the evil doers from the holy ones, we would uproot everybody. We are so much inter-twined and interconnected with one another. Look at our own selves at different times of our lives. There are times when we were more evil than good. What if God had killed us at those moments?
The fact is that “goodness itself, sanctity itself, is fos-tered by the proximity of evil! As Saint Augustine puts it so well; it pleased God to make good come out of evil rather than to abolish all evil. God could have abolished all evil in his omnipotence, he did not; he did the better thing; he made good come out of evil, he makes sanctity come out of it…” (Dom Anscar Vonier, OSB, as quoted from Magnificat February 2011)
St. Paul himself exclaimed in Romans 5:20, “Where sin abounds, grace super abounds!” My own experience con-firms this. The sins of others against me and even my own sins have been a fertile ground for greater graces. And then, you and I can become salt of the earth and light of the world. In the time of Jesus, salt was used to preserve meat from corruption, from getting bad. They had no fridge to freeze the food. Jesus requests his disciples to be the salt that keeps the world from going bad and the light that will guide it to Himself who is the Light and Life of the world. Those around us will partake of the graces we have, if we let our light shine and our salt salt them.
Did not St. Paul write in 1 Corinthians 7:14, that “the faithless husband will be sanctified thought the believing wife…”? As Dom Vonier wrote “One person in a family may be the salvation of the whole family, though it may not be giv-en to him to see the final issues and the ultimate results. But there is the fact – an absolute certainty, goodness inevitably produces goodness; it is unconquerable, it cannot be stifled, it has greater ramifications then evil can ever have… One saint outweighs a hundred, a thousand, perhaps a million sinners… Sin is negative; sanctity, positive. Sanctity is more powerful than sin; sanctity is, in fact, the only real power”.
One experiment illustrates this. Take two adjacent rooms. Put a bright light into one and leave the other in com-plete darkness. As you stand in the dark room, you will see the light creeping from the other room, under the door. Now, stand in the illumined room, close the door! You will NOT see the darkness creeping in from the dark room. Only light is self-diffusive.
On Christmas day, we read from the Prologue of the Gospel of John, “What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and THE DARKNESS DID NOT OVERCOME IT.” (John 1:4-5)
Do not be afraid to let the Light in you shine in the darkness of the world. It won’t be overcome.
Do not be afraid to be poured out as salt of the earth. You will pre- serve it from corruption and give it flavor.
God in you believes in you! And blesses you!