Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Turning betrayal into beauty

Today's celebration of the sainthood of Maria Goretti, along with the First and Gospel Readings of the day, made for an interesting sermon at Mass.

The First Reading deals with Joseph, the guy who was betrayed by his brothers, only to find himself, years later, in the position to help feed a world starved by famine.

The Gospel, describing the calling of the first bishops, mentions "Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus." As we all know, that very betrayal led to our salvation.

Then there's Maria. Mortally wounded by stab wounds at the age of 12, by a neighbor ticked off because she fought against his rape attempts, the girl forgave her betrayer and prayed for him. Years later, the repentant rapist attended Maria's canonization ceremony with her mom.

God knows what He's doing.