Some of us live sin a politically correct culture and many of us do not. dEach enculturated way of thinking, speaking, and acting has strangely positive and negative aspects, which makes it all the more difficult and problematic when it come to the ethic of sorting this out and making good decisions. It does not help at all that both side have adopted the culture of speech hyperbole, hyperventilated language, bordering on screaming.

In very sharp contrast, the letter of St. Peter presents Jesus Christ, “leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps.” “When he was insulted, he returned no insults.” This description of the Jesus’ core character transcends the politically correct and turns away from a culture of insults, that we come to accept from a president leading us to the abyss.

Once more, we are to consider the manner of Jesus as our own. Jesus walks and talks the way of self-emptying (κενοσις) and self-abnegation (συνκαταβασις), this latter one picked up by Pope Francis in his book, The Way of Humility. Jesus had the art of taking in all the insults and suffering caused by our human tendency to sin. He absorbs them into his very self and shows us demonstrably the effects of our sin in his own body.

Our sin is to have turned away inward upon ourselves from love that serves and to have elevated the individual ego to an intolerable sreaming of, “Me! Me! Me!” This egocentric voice has called us astray from authentic love in self love and indulgence of every kind, even to the sin of insults against one’s neighbor.

We can return and rediscover the voice of Jesus, the good shepherd, calling us back to himself and the Father. We do this by accepting in our lives His grace through the power of prayer and power of conforming ourselves to Christ.

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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