Sin Is a Seed Trap

I have a rampant chipmunk infestation in the backyard. It’s a veritable country club. Cute critters, but critters nonetheless, constantly raiding the bird feeders, being destructive, and making a nuisance of themselves. Once a year, I set out a seed trap: bucket or pail mostly filled with water, and a layer of bird seed spread across the surface. Curious chipmunks look at it as a free meal, yet if they fall in, the millet seed becomes their millstone. It’s better than poisoning them, given the number of roaming cats and foxes in the area.

While setting the trap the other day, I got to thinking. Sin is a seed trap. Tempt tests in a teacup. Sin can appear desirable, disguised as a good thing, a thin veneer of virtue obscuring vice, but ultimately deadly. Spiritually, emotionally, physically. Giving into a temptation now and then doesn’t seem bad, right? Small sins – like small seeds – seem so harmless. But go to that well once too often, and we will soon find ourselves over our heads and out of our depths. Drowning, suffering, floundering – seemingly hopeless beyond hope.

Those are the lies Satan whispers to us: Give up. Give in. You’re beyond redemption. Yet we do have hope, and we are redeemed, in the person of Jesus Christ, and in His Church. God sent Jesus to save us from our sins, not to watch us drown in them. “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son…not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” If we desire to be saved, we call out His name, and He grabs us by the scruff of the neck, and yanks us out. Like the lost sheep, or the missing coin. That’s what happens when we go the Sacrament of Confession – we’re made fresh, we’re dried off, and we’re emboldened to kick the bucket…of sin. We are given grace and strength to resist temptations that will surely come, in every imaginable form. Through prayer, the sacraments, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we are better equipped to avoid the seed traps that seem so appetizing.

My seed trap caught one chipmunk yesterday, while a second one managed to clamber out, wet and exhausted, grateful for his freedom. Maybe I’ll leave him be. I know how he feels.

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How To Behave When Someone You Really Really Very Really Dislike Gets COVID

I’m gonna remind y’all what Jesus has already taught:

Mt 5:43-48

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy’. But I say to you, Love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of the Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

You’re opposed to everything President Trump stands for, and you believe with the burning hot passion of a thousand suns that he is the embodiment of all that is wrong with America, and that his mere existence offends you, and is an affront to all that’s good and holy in the world? Fine. He’s not a nice person, maybe not even a good person. But if you proclaim to be Christian, and you’re expressing joy and satisfaction that he’s tested positive for Covid, you’re participating in evil. Doesn’t matter what he’s done, or what you think he’s done, or what you fear he is about to do. Finding enjoyment in the suffering of others is evil. Full stop.

Don’t be afraid to remind people when you hear such talk. And pray for them, too.

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PARISH REPORT: Diocese Says EMHC Unemployment Rate May Hit 100%

(ACMPress) WALLA WALLA – A spokeswoman from the Diocese of Walla Walla announced that, as parishes resume public Masses, the unemployment rate for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion may likely hit 100%.

“It’s a sad situation,” spokeswoman Kno Mo Whyyn told ACMPress. “As public Masses restart, at reduced capacity and Holy Communion being offered only under one species, it’s quite possible most, if not all, of those jobs will never come back. There won’t be the need.”

Ms. Whyyn said the diocese will offer job training to those left unemployed. “The bishop is committed to helping those devastated by the effects from coronavirus. New jobs being discussed are church sanitization and social distance monitoring. Counseling will be made available as well. These are extremely difficult times for our friends in the EMHC community.”

Making things even more burdensome, unemployed EMHC’s aren’t eligible for additional stimulus funds, or state unemployment benefits. In addtion, choirs, music groups, and coffee hour employees are expected to suffer record-high unemployment rates. Even as the economy reopens, these jobs may be some of the last to return, if at all.

“These are unprecedented times,” Ms Whyyn said. “Maybe the silver lining is, they will finally have the opportunity to experience a greater focus on Christ and His sacrifice during Mass, which is the whole point. It’s a lot to ask for, but only God can bring good out of such trying times.”

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Mr. Catholic Decides to Let Jesus Save the Catholic Church

Mr. Catholic stunned all of Catholicism when he tweeted out his decision to allow Jesus Christ to save the Catholic Church. Responding to the May 17th tweet, Jesus admitted the declaration caught him unawares.

“Only I can save it? It’s up to me now?” the Second Person of the Trinity asked, with an exasperated sigh. “I mean, I guess so. I thought I had left the Church in capable hands, but okay. I promise to give it the ol’ college try.”

A spokesman for Jesus told ACMPress that the Word Made Flesh can’t start saving the Catholic Church until all the coronavirus lockdowns have been lifted, and the churches reopened.

“If that’s okay with Mr. Catholic, that is,” the spokesman added.

Mr. Catholic was unavailable for comment, as he was at his regulary scheduled cranialrectal exam, before joining his friends to retake Constantinople.

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