We often hear bullying comments being given to people about any sort of “black and white” attitude, saying that the same is cruel and doesn’t take into consideration the circumstances people are in. There are “grey” areas they say. You would almost think that they live for 50 shades of it, that their own misguided lives are the driving force of their “reasoning.”
Right is right and wrong is wrong. Period. Always was. Always is. Always will be.
There is no reason to murder the innocent, not even the old argument of the High Priest Caiaphas who condemned Jesus for the sake of the country: “You know nothing at all! You don’t reckon that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, so that the whole nation should not perish.” In modern terms, throats are slit pro bono ecclesiae, “for the good of the Church.” But it’s not good.
What the grey people are looking for is not assistance with understanding how to go about things in all the circumstances they are in, so that one can do the right thing despite whatever it is that is going on, but rather they want to think that they have whatever excuse (and any excuse will do) to do an evil thing so that, they say, good may come of it. Saint Paul asks a sarcastic, rhetorical question in this regard: “And why not do evil that good may come? -as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.” (Romans 3:8).
One is never forced to do the wrong thing. There are martyrs who provide us with an example of the correct option under duress. We are too weak. But there is the grace of God and the ferocious enthusiasm of the Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception. The correct option is to be good friends with Mary’s Son, Jesus.
Of course, it is true, people can have a black and white attitude for the sole purpose of smashing other people down. That’s no good. Motive is important. Pope Francis reminds us of this on a continuous basis. But I also think that those among the black and white crowd who also show enormous compassion in helping people carry their burdens are also condemned out of hand by the bitter grey crowd, who are screamingly afraid to face their own compromises in life.
Do you know what the grey people are most angry about? The Immaculate Conception and Papal infallibility. The grey people, ironically, want to think that they themselves are the only ones to be immaculately conceived (and therefore they also never sin no matter what they do), because that’s up-to-date, while holding that Mary is the only one among us to be immaculately conceived is old fashioned and out-of-date! The grey crowd think that they are the only ones to be infallible in all their self-serving relativism, because that attitude is up-to-date, while, of course, the Pope is not infallible, as that is out-of-date.
In other words, the grey crowd condemn the black and white crowd with brow-beating and bullying day in, day out, bitterly rationalizing their own sin.
Here’s the deal: As soon as we say that the black and white commandment “Thou shall not murder the innocent” needs some grey areas, that is when red blood flows over the body of the Son of the lily-white Immaculate Conception, and she herself is besmirched, so to speak, with that red blood. And that is when her intercession for us becomes perfect, when her birth pangs for the members of the Body of Christ become perfect, when we, while we are yet sinners, are shown the love of God (Father, forgive them!), when we also become members of the Holy Family, when we can give a flower to Jesus to give to His dear mother. It’s good that she and Jesus did what was right in love no matter what, staying with all that which is black and white, even as red blood flowed. Love is never found with grey. Love is always found with black and white and red blood. Thanks be to Jesus, who will come to judge the living and the dead and world by fire. Amen.