We live in a throw-away culture where practically everything is disposable. When come thing breaks down, it is usually cheaper to throw it away and replace it with a new one rather than have it repaired. Most supposedly durable goods are designed to expire or become obsolete after a while so that they can be disposed of and replaced with newer and better models or versions.
Sadly, this throw-away culture finds another expression in what Popes in recent times have condemned as the culture of death. Unwanted babies are aborted. Broken people, like the terminally ill or the handicapped, are euthanized. Likewise, expired people, like the elderly and those who are considered threats to society, are disposed of.
Our God is a God who creates, who makes things right when things go wrong, who heals the broken and the sick, who makes something new and better out of the expired and the unwanted.
Today is the feast of St. Patrick, who as a youth was kidnaped into slavery. God used that unfortunate incident to make of him his apostle to the Irish. I make his prayer my own:
‘Christ as a light, illumine and guide me.
Christ as a shield, o’ershadow and cover me.
Christ be under me,
Christ be over me,
Christ be beside me, on left hand and right.
Christ be before me, behind me, around me.
Christ this day be within and without me. Amen.’