So you see, we have to realize that there usually are good people in bad situations. By today's reading, we can learn that it isn't good to generalize about things, events or people...for in life, it is very rare that 100% of all instances would agree with the generalization. By generalizing, we take the good, ignore it and thus close our hearts to see God's work in our lives.
In today's world of economic hardships, dueling perspectives and unending troubles - one has to pray and strive to prevent from developing perspectives that are sweeping in nature and generalized. Today's 1st reading from Romans (8:31-39) supports this when it states "nothing therefore can come between us and the love of Christ, even if troubled or worried, or being persecuted." What reassurance and peace this brings us!
We might not understand what is happening around us - but we trust in God, whose thoughts and ways are above ours, to make all things well. So don't despair when economic troubles arise or when Church scandals are identified or when family quarrels degenerate and create a rift - remember to pray for all those involved and affected. Your faith with your prayers are strong when presented to the Holy Spirit! God listens to the cry of the faithful. Thanks be to God!