I love that translation from Luke 4:30.
It is used in the old votive Mass for S. Benedict Joseph Labre.
I think of it especially today with the many posts for and against Pope Francis and his visit to Cuba and the United States. I noted one headline: The pope has become a political football. Yes, but - he walks in peace through the midst of them.
Why this tumult among nations,
among peoples this useless murmuring? - Psalm 2
I think many Catholics are way too political about the Papal visit.
I think many Catholics online are too mean-spirited.
I think many Catholics online like to argue and slap-down anyone who disagrees with them. (Nope, not talking about any Deacons here either.)
I think we can be pretty convinced of our own self-righteousness and look down upon everyone else... I'm not like you, I never experienced, never did this or that, like you did. I know more than all who teach, because _____ fill in the blanks.
That is what repels non-Catholic, non-religious people - and even Catholics. (Why men don't go to Mass? Why men don't join church groups? The put downs. The disrespect. The lack of charity.)
Arrogance and conceit and a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes...
It's not convincing.
Yes, I hear the whisperings of many: "Terror on every side! Denounce! let us denounce him!" All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine. "Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail, and take our vengeance on him." - Jeremiah 20:10