16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
I would like to tell you of three people: Tiny, Terry and Shelly. Tiny grew up in a troubled home and got into a lot of trouble early on. His life consisted of crime and brushes with the law. In one of his encounters with the law he shot and seriously wounded a police officer. The partner of this officer had him in the crosshair and for some reason he could not pull the trigger. Tiny laughed at the police officer for being such a coward and he ended up in jail. Terry grew up in a more decent family with strong Christian roots. Nonetheless he went astray and joined a motorcycle gang, sold drugs and did what went along with being a gang member. Shelly was a beautiful teenage girl who had been abused at a young age. She started being promiscuous and at the ripe age of sixteen she sold herself for $45 to some man for the first time. She worked as an underage prostitute and then became a porn star, living the life that porn stars lead. Here we have some pretty sad stories and not only that but people we may consider weeds of society. People that we may feel that society could easily do without. People that corrupt our youth and use up valuable resources. However, something happened in all these people’s lives that changed their weed ridden lives into a life of grace and brought the faith to others.