At mass today I couldn't help but see some ready connections between the scriptures and the Islam/Benedict XVI issue. Although I'm sympathetic to the voice of moderate Muslims who feel mischaracterized (i.e. IF the pope's comments are taken out of context), I fully agree with the Holy Father's real point: when it comes to violence and religion one destroys the other. Choose wisely.

Here are excerpts from today's readings:

From Chapter 2 of Wisdom:
"The wicked say: Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings, reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us with violations of our training.Let us see whether his words be true;let us find out what will happen to him."

James 3:16-4:3
"Beloved:Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist,there is disorder and every foul practice. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure,then peaceable, gentle, compliant,full of mercy and good fruits,without inconstancy or insincerity. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peacefor those who cultivate peace.Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from? Is it not from your passions that make war within your members? You covet but do not possess. You kill and envy but you cannot obtain;you fight and wage war. You do not possess because you do not ask. You ask but do not receive,because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions."

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