Over at The Catholic Weekly, I take a look at one of the most popular Panic Du Jours with the Right Wing Lie Machine in light of the actual gospel:
Americans who self-identify as “Faithful Conservative Catholics” have united around the dogma that “Wokeness” (meaning a renewed conviction that racism is evil and must be resisted) is contemptible and laughable—and I can’t understand why.
Scripture, after all, is chockablock with calls to awaken. The Psalms cry, “Awake, my soul!” Joel calls his spiritually inert people to repentance, saying “Awake, you drunkard, and weep!” Peter and company battled sleep to witness the Transfiguration. Jesus scolded those same companions in Gethsemane for failing to remain awake for one hour as he entered into the great struggle that would win our salvation. Jesus spoke of raising Lazarus from sleep. And Paul, quoting an early hymn which linked repentance and baptism with waking from sleep, cries, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead,/and Christ shall give you light.”
“Yeah,” says the critic of Wokeness. “We get that Scripture uses the image of awakening. But it’s referring to a spiritual awakening to Jesus, not to racism.”
Are you sure about that? Racism is sin and we are to repent it.