First Reading: James 2: 1-9 Reflection
There is a beautiful story told of an early 1900s English aristocratic family. One of the family members announced that they were going to become a Catholic, to which the mother of the family replied, “Oh, dear, you shall be praying with the ‘help’ (servants).”
One of the most wonderful aspects of the Catholic Church is that there is in our services or churches no distinction between people; social class or wealth. While individual priests in individual parishes my make distinctions there is no general principle that the wealthy are to be treated differently.
We are all equal before God. I often reflect to myself that this must be one of the most difficult aspects of heaven for us to experience, a place where all are equal, where everyone from the most hungry child in Africa to the richest man in the world, is treated with the same respect and dignity.
It will be hard for many people to adjust to this reality. How many of us base our life on our superiority to others? Think of the way we look down on Muslims, the poor, the dispossessed and what we consider sinners—in heaven there shall be none of these people because in heaven we are all totally equal.
It will take a bit of getting used too!