The Next Right Thing

July 21, 2014

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.


This opening paragraph from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities describes the tension that is held today in every news broadcast, political debate, and coffee shop discussion between friends. “The world is falling apart and what are they—we going to do about it?!” can be heard on every front.


Today’s first Reading from Micah seems to address this sense of feeling overwhelmed and powerless in the face of such huge problems.


"You have been told, O man, what is good,
And what the Lord requires of you:
Only to do the right and to love goodness,
And to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:6-8)


“…to do the right, to love goodness, to walk humbly with God.” Can it possibly be that simple? I once had a Jesuit professor who told us that the process of discernment boiled down to one simple decision—“to do the next right thing.”


As we put one foot in front of the other in our ongoing journey may we each strive to “do the next right thing”.

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