“I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot.”

Sometimes it is our passions that get us into trouble. We may say things we wish we had not, or do things we later regret, sometimes only moments later. The first reading is not talking about those moments today. Instead, it addresses those times of apathy. Those times, perhaps, of omission. When we cannot be bothered. When we are too busy. When we insist that it is someone else’s job. Those are the times when we are “neither cold nor hot.”

The Lord is not asking us today to always and everywhere do the right thing, but at the very least, to act. Where might this call be inviting you today? What has been pushed off for too long? What could you resolve, or begin to resolve today?

—Patrick Hyland, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the Chicago-Detroit province, is currently studying philosophy at   St. Louis University.