By Fr. Glenn JonesAs is often said, crises bring out the best and the worst in people. We’ve seen this in spades over the last few week with the whole world scrambling with the COVID-19 situation—certainly a situation quite unique in most people’s lifetimes, especially in the so-called first-world countries. It certainly makes one appreciate modern medicine all the more and the eradication of so many deadly diseases in many parts of the world … as well as renewing our sympathy for those who continue to struggle with less-than-modern medicine.In this time, two starkly contrasting personality types have become more evident—those who are willing to sacrifice for others, and those who … aren’t.To put on a façade of cordiality and charity is easy when no sacrifice—or one’s own profit—is involved, but when the requirement of actual sacrifice is not only present, but likely, that’s when the mask may fall. We’ve certainly seen that over the last several weeks with stories and photos of hoarders buying up all the paper products, cleansers, favored foods, etc., not only to stock for themselves, but—much more despicably—to scalp by profiteering in shortages perhaps exacerbated by the scalpers’ own actions. These are rather repulsive manifestations of the “every man for himself” and “dog eat dog” attitudes antithetical to human civilization, and to humanity itself. After all, if one is not humane, then one is inhumane. If not human, then inhuman. If not honorable, then dishonorable.But then … there are the lights—all the brighter in these shadowed days.How can one not admire—and admire greatly—those nurses, doctors and other hospital staff who are on the front lines of our current crisis? While that vast majority of us take every precaution against possible exposure and contact, our medical folks willingly thrust themselves into the midst of the hornets’ nest—day after day, week after week. Weary soldiers on a battlefield against an invisible foe, they pick up weapons of hypodermic, stethoscope and thermometer and advance into the fray … eye ever fixed toward ultimate victory. And not only them, but the ever unheralded—the janitor, the laundry persons, lab techs, the chaplains providing spiritual support, and so many others. We pray for them, one and all … as well as the police, firefighters, EMTs and others who risk themselves for us … essential businesses and their employees who keep us fed.In this time most of all, Christians would be negligent in not recognizing how such selflessness mirrors that of the most selfless of all: Jesus. The majority of Christianity begin today the holiest week of the year in which we recall the suffering, passion, death and resurrection of Christ. In the Catholic Church, the week begins with Passion, or Palm, Sunday—“passion” rooted in the Latin “passio”, meaning suffering or submission. That suffering of Jesus was wholly voluntary, a suffering endured for all humanity—each and every person—and the absolute pinnacle of selflessness and self-sacrifice. As Jesus Himself noted: “…the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many,” (Mark 10:45), and “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)We read this year the Passion account of the Gospel of Matthew, beginning with Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matthew 21)—the crowd lining the road with branches (thus the “palms” of Palm Sunday) to honor Him. And yet … only days later, a crowd would be calling for His blood. Nonetheless, even with His divinity intact, He acquiesces to torture and death, taking upon Himself the just due for the sins—the evils of hatred and selfishness—that we do against one another. Why? Because the balance of divine—and thus perfect—justice must be restored for justice to truly BE fulfilled, else it is no justice at all. The dual nature of Jesus as both God and man is thus essential—as man able to suffer, and as God to suffer infinitely—balancing the scale, as it were, for all humanity … IF we choose to accept such vicarious justification through individual faith.The passion story is tragic but beautiful, with inexhaustible depths to be plumbed. In considering just a few, we might consider: …the corrupting power of wealth in the apostle Judas’ betrayal……the corrupting power of power and pride in the Pharisees’ refusal to acknowledge Jesus’ innocence even when Judas admits to deception and treason……the apparently unfulfilled prayer in the Garden, ultimately leading to a much greater good……the denial of one who would become the leader of Jesus’ apostles…and first leader of His Church……the call for Christ’s blood to be upon those clamoring for His death…blood which convicts and yet acquits……favoring a murderer over the source of life……the surprised passerby, called to one of the greatest services ever to God……the prayer of the forsaken, which is actually a psalm of trust……the infinitely regal and omnipotent…in humiliation……the immortal…suffering death……the trembling of creation at the death of its creator……the Son’s obedience to the Father’s will…infinite innocence atoning for human guilt……the apparent utter failure of crucifixion, becoming ultimate victory on Easter morning.Every Christian must ask himself at some point: “Will I be brave enough to endure His scoffers and even His enemies? … to offer a drink of faith for which He thirsts to succor my Lord, and thereby aid Him on His mission of salvation? Or … will I flee cowardly into the darkness like His apostles in the Garden? Will I sacrifice for Him as He sacrificed for me? Will I, like Simon of Cyrene, bear at least a little of the cross with Him?”Remember near the end of the movie “Forrest Gump”? … Forrest describing his adventures at the bedside of his beloved dying Jenny? Jenny says: “I wish I could have been there with you.” And Forrest looks at her tenderly and says: “You were.” Likewise, when our hearts ache at Jesus’ sufferings … at His loneliness … at His agony … and we moan: “My Jesus … I wish I could have been there with you.” He smiles back at us tenderly and says: “You were.”May you have a blessed Holy Week and Easter. And to our lights working night and day to turn the tide of the coronavirus … in imitation of the selflessness of Our Lord:The LORD bless you and keep you:The LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you:The LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.(Numbers 6:24-26)Rev. Glenn Jones is the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and former pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos.
331 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share NewsRegional Haiti rattled by earthquake by: Caribbean Media Corporation – November 14, 2016 PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti CMC – Haiti was rattled on Saturday by an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 but there were no immediate reports of deaths of injuries.The US Geological Survey (USGS) said that the quake, which occurred at 1.00 am (local time) was located on land at a depth of 12.3 km, at least five kilometres north of Les Anglais (South), 51 km northwest of Les Cayes, 35 km southwest of Jérémie.The quake was also felt in the capital, Port-au-Prince.In 2010, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 killed more than 200,000 people and caused widespread damage in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.Haiti is now recovering from the battering it took from Hurricane Matthew that hit the country on October 4 killing hundreds of people.
Related “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – Fox Searchlight Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Yes, there were a bunch of awards given out last night in Hollywood at the 75th Annual Golden Globes, but who won what took a back seat to who said what, as the evening was punctuated with passionate and heartfelt speeches from women praising and championing the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up initiative.Seth Meyers got the show started with joke after joke about the fallout of the Hollywood sexual harassment scandals, taking on Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and men in general. Unfortunately, he disappeared for most of the rest of the show.Every female star who took the stage last night wore black in solidarity with victims of abuse and assault, including Oprah Winfrey, who received the Cecil B. DeMille Award and brought down the house with her rousing and touching speech. She began by recalling watching Sidney Poitier win an Oscar in 1964, and how it inspired her, and how she hoped that she was inspiring young girls watching her tonight, as she became the first black woman ever to be presented with the honor.“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,” she said. “I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories…This year, we became the story.”“I want to tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault,” she added. “Because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue.”Oprah then shared the story of Recy Taylor, who in 1944 was raped by a group of white men in Alabama, and whose case was championed by Rosa Parks. “Recy Taylor died 10 days ago. She lived too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. Women were not believed,” said Oprah, who then remarked about abusive men, “Their time is up! Their time is up!”“I want all the girls watching to know a new day is on the horizon,” she continued. “And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure they are the leaders to take us to the time where nobody has to say ‘me too’ again!” The applause was thunderous.Other women who spoke out about the Time’s Up initiative, and the #MeToo movement, included Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Nicole Kidman of Big Little Lies, which won four awards, and Frances McDormand, who was named Best Actress in a Drama for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. That movie also won four awards, including Best Drama. Also speaking out: Rachel Brosnahan who won Best Actress in a TV Comedy for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Elisabeth Moss, who won Best Actress in a TV Drama for The Handmaid’s Tale.Lady Bird was named Best Comedy or Musical, though its director, Greta Gerwig, was not nominated. Presenter Natalie Portman pointedly made reference to this when she announced the nominees for Best Director by saying, “And here are the all-male nominees.” Guillermo del Toro won that category for The Shape of Water.But it wasn’t just sexual harassment that women spoke out against last night: The wage gap between male and female actors, as well as the lack of women in powerful positions in Hollywood, were also remarked upon. Awarding the Best Actress in a Comedy trophy, Jessica Chastain said, “The winner will receive the 25 percent of her salary that went missing in the wage gap.” Presenting the Best Actor in a Drama award,Geena Davis said that the winner would give “half of their salary back so that women can make more than them.”Barbra Streisand, presenting the final award of the night for Best Drama, was introduced as the only woman in history ever to win the Golden Globe for Best Director. But, she noted, “That was 34 years ago! Folks, time’s up!”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico
E-mail: [email protected] Utah’s 67-66 victory over Utah State Wednesday night was one of the better games played at the Huntsman Center in recent years.Both teams played at a high energy level, both teams shot the ball well and the lead went back and forth all night with 16 lead changes, 15 ties and an outcome that was decided at the buzzer.Wouldn’t it be nice if we could see a couple of these games every year between the Utes and Aggies?Of course, but it isn’t going to happen.Both coaches were asked about the possibility earlier this week and from what they said, we’re not going back to the days when the two rivals played each other twice for about 80 years straight.Utah coach Ray Giacoletti laughed it off when asked about it, replying, “Once is plenty for us.”Utah State coach Stew Morrill, who was forced to play Oral Roberts and Middle Tennessee State on a home-and-home basis this year to fill out his schedule, seemed more open to the idea, but not hopeful.”It’s very hard for us to get games, you can see that this year,” he said. “But I’m not sure all three schools (BYU, Utah and Utah State) are thinking that’s something they want to do. I don’t know that it will happen.”Although it makes sense for Utah and BYU to play USU home-and-home every year instead of filling the schedule with the likes of Adams State and Northern Kentucky, it won’t happen, basically because nobody likes the possibility of adding an extra loss to their record if they don’t have to.The chances are, most years Utah and BYU would split with USU, which is bad enough for them and some years they might lose two. And if the Aggies had extra games every year at Utah and BYU, that would be two more possible losses, instead of sure wins over Lewis & Clark and South Dakota State. GOOD LESSON: After Wednesday’s game, you can see why Giacoletti doesn’t want anything else to do with Utah State until next year. His Utes had to work like crazy all night to escape with a one-point victory.On the other hand, Giacoletti said his team was greatly helped by playing against the Aggies. “It was a great lesson for our team tonight,” Giacoletti said. “That was conference-level basketball and that’s the effort that has to go into each and every one of these games if we expect to be successful. I hold Stew Morrill to be one of the best coaches in college basketball.” WHERE’S THE SHOT, TIM?: Tim Drisdom has played four years at Utah and may end up starting more games than anybody in Utah basketball history by the time his career is over. So you would expect as a senior that he would be taking more than one shot per game.But that’s what Drisdom is averaging so far this year (1.2 shots per game) with only two shots taken in the past three games combined.Drisdom has never worried much about scoring, being more concerned about his team winning. The fact that Utah is 4-0 so far this year means Drisdom is happy.However, for the Utes to keep winning, they’re going to need to get more shots from their point guard, or else opponents will just have one less player to guard on defense.When asked why he only seems to shoot when the shot clock is winding down, like the 25-footer he threw in against Weber State, Drisdom said, “That’s a good question.”He went on to say, “I just take them when they’re open and stick with the system as much as possible. I’m a pass-first guy who does what I’m told to do — not that I’m told not to shoot. But I have to make plays.”During each of his first three years, Drisdom has averaged about four shots per game. He once scored 24 points in a game as a sophomore, shortly after Rick Majerus resigned as Ute coach. But for now, he’s content to let fellow guard Johnnie Bryant and fellow senior Bryant Markson, take most of the shots in the Ute offense. “My day will come,” Drisdom said. “If it doesn’t and we keep winning, that’s great.” UTE NOTES: The Utes leave the state for the first time all season when they play at Rice Saturday afternoon (2 p.m. MST, CSTV) . . . Utah is 5-0 all time against Rice, winning the last meeting 60-49 in Houston in 1998 . . . The last time the Utah basketball team started a season 4-0 was 1997-98 when it went 18-0 on its way to the NCAA Championship game . . . Utah’s win over USU was its 20th straight at home, ranking sixth in the nation for consecutive home wins . . . The win was No. 150 in Giacoletti’s career, putting him at 150-89 . . . Utah was ranked No. 26 in the Sagarin ratings before Wednesday’s win . . . After playing Rice, the Utes meet Colorado Wednesday night on the road, followed by a home game against SUU Dec. 10.
SALT LAKE CITY — The fact that Utah coach Kyle Whittingham decided to implement a new policy Monday of not reporting injuries, naturally made a lot of folks, especially in the media, suspicious that there must be some injuries to cover up.Turns out there was a reason for the change of policy.Two of Utah’s top players who were rumored to be hurt didn’t start Saturday night and sat out.Utah’s running back John White, who proclaimed himself “100 percent” to the media on Wednesday, didn’t play and three different Ute running backs played in the first quarter. White, who gained more than 1,500 yards for the Utes last year, including 174 against BYU, apparently hurt his ankle against Utah State.Freshman Jarrell Oliver got the start and ran for four yards on the first play from scrimmage. Later in the quarter, JC transfer Kelvin York and Lucky Radley both got carries as did Jake Murphy on a fourth-down play on a fake punt.Also Ute starting free safety Eric Rowe didn’t play after suffering a hamstring injury in the Utah State game. Rowe was replaced by sophomore Tyron Morris-Edwards in the secondary.BYU receiver Ross Apo, who missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, was back in action and Riley Nelson, whose back pain kept him from playing more against Weber State last week, also started.LINEUP CHANGES: The Utes made several changes on their offensive line Saturday night. Senior Sam Brenner moved over from right guard and started at left tackle where Miles Mason had started the first two games. Vycent Jones replaced Brenner at guard. Freshman Jeremiah Poutasi started at left tackle, replacing Percy Taumoelau. Also senior Boo Anderson made his season debut as starting linebacker.LATEST START: Not only was Saturday’s game the earliest game ever played in the long series, it was also the latest.Say what?The Sept. 15 date is the earliest fall date the game has ever been played in the series that dates back to 1922 or 1896, according to University of Utah records.But Saturday’s 8 p.m. starting time (it actually started at 8:15) was also the latest in the long series, assuming there were no late-night games before 1987 when night games were a rarity, especially late in the season.Over the past 25 years, the Utes and Cougars have played at a variety of times due to television demands, from 10:30 a.m. in 1996 to last year’s 7:15 p.m. start.The most popular starting time over the past quarter century has been 12 p.m. with seven such starts, followed by 1 p.m. with four. The other starting times have been 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.STREAK CONTINUES: BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman extended his reception streak of 22 games. Going into Saturday’s game, he was tied for the 19th longest in the nation. Hoffman has caught a pass in 28 of 29 career games.EXTRA POINTS: For the second straight year, both teams wore their home uniforms with Utah coming out in all red and BYU wearing blue jerseys and white pants . . . The temperature at kickoff was 80 degrees with a slight wind from the south . . . Attendance was 45,653, the sixth largest crowd in stadium history . . . BYU offensive lineman Houston Reynolds suffered a right ankle injury early in the second quarter. He did not return to the game and was replaced by Brock Stringham . . . Utah, which has always played a 4-3 defense, came out in a 3-4 defense with Star Lotulelei in the middle and the Kruger brothers, Joe and Dave, on each side of the line . . . NFL scouts from the Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets and Oakland Raiders attended the game, as did Utah Blaze head coach Ron James . . . KSL radio analyst Marc Lyons was the Cougars’ quarterback the last time they were Utah’s homecoming opponent. It was 1968 and the Utes prevailed 30-21 . . . BYU won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.