John the Baptist calls his people to “Prepare the way of the Lord.” Isaiah speaks of “Comfort” but only after the people have paid “double” for their sins. How do we reconcile the purpose of religion with the popular misconception that Christianity is there to give Comfort?
God works through our leaders, from the ancient kings of Israel, to the pagan kings who ruled over the Jews, to the Popes chosen throughout Church History, to the Presidents of the United States, whose influence affects world events as well as the presence, actions and attitudes toward the Church in the U.S.
Fr. Bill talks about how “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, but to God the things that are God’s” is an affirmation that our leaders are called by God, and have an obligation in that calling.