As usual, I cannot pass up posting when a Mass Reading refers to drunkenness. This time Jesus had been called a drunkard! See:
Jesus said to the crowds: “To what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.’ For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and you said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”
John the Baptist and Jesus came preaching and teaching the Truth. Not some political or social truth, but Truth. God’s Truth, as subsequently laid out in the Bible and defended and taught by the Church. Both John the Baptist and Jesus threatened the established political and social order with the Truth. This didn’t make them popular. Both were executed for doing so.
Prior to their physical execution however, their reputations and character were attacked. In essence, a character assassination or execution was attempted before their detractors realized that it wasn’t going to work and more drastic measure were called for.
This happen to you? You are living your life as you see fit to do so. You are new to sobriety and find that living according to the Catholic Faith and maybe also the 12 Steps is the ideal for you. (Or not new but have dealt with this in the past.) Others that you are leaving or have left behind because they either prefer to remain drinking and drugging, or just do not like the new person that you’ve become seek to tear you down.
They do not like a certain Truth. That Truth is that you have bettered your life, even if you are only starting to, and this represents to them a threat. Too many people are too comfortable wallowing in the morass that is their life. The suffering is too comfortable and they resent the idea of changing because it’s too hard. This suffering is not the redemptive kind, those crosses that you accept and offer up. Their suffering largely self-inflicted. Perhaps just like yours was back in the day before you said “Enough!” It seems easier to them to suffer and complain than to do something about it. They can’t pin anything on you apart from your past sins and indiscretions and so they just seek to tear you down.
Keep on doing what you are doing, leave them behind no matter how painful. New people will enter your life who will appreciate the new and improved you, and if they’ve travelled a crooked and broken path, they will understand you.Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)"The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics"