Fifty Just Within the City
"And the Lord said to him: If I find in Sodom fifty just within the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake." (GENESIS 18:26)
His Excellency Bishop Daniel Dolan wrote in the Bishop's Corner:
"This crisis, have you noticed? tends to bring out the worst or the best in people..."
Indeed, this so-called “corona pandemic” panic has in fact demonstrated people’s worst desires by way of an unlimited thirst for profit and impunity for sin.
It is very similar to when the wicked Sodomites, already being struck with blindness, had continued to seek after mortal sin. (GENESIS 19:11-25)
The richest greedy people are using this "pandemic" for their own even greater profit.
One must not think, however, that God does not punish the greedy rich. In fact, their fear is millions and billions of times greater than the fear of a poor person.
On the other hand, the positive side of this global economic crisis, is prompting at least some people to call to God for help.
As Catholics we must continue to practice our Faith and to do penance.
If due to different invincible obstacles, one cannot go to Confession and receive Holy Communion, one must make an Act of Perfect Contrition and Spiritual Communion daily, and pray for the repentance and conversion of many.
And of course we should pray that God will change His just anger into Mercy.
But first, repentance and mercy on the part of men are necessary, without which all prayers will be in vain.N.B.
For God not to destroy Sodom, at least ten just persons were needed: "What if ten should be found there? And He said: I will not destroy it for the sake of ten" (GENESIS 18:32). But they were not found there.
Today, on a global scale, ten just persons are not enough.
Fifty just within the city and even many more are needed.
N.B. On the Lord's Prayer:
40. What do we ask for in the Fifth Petition:
'Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us'?
That God would so forgive us all our sins as we forgive others who have offended us.
41. May those who do not forgive expect forgiveness themselves?
No; on the contrary, they pass judgment upon themselves as often as they say the Our Father.
'Forgive thy neighbor if he hath hurt thee; and then shall thy sins be forgiven to thee when thou prayest' (Ecclus. xxviii. 2).
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