At other times, we as Christians must focus on changing hearts through the truth and love of Christ.
This is what Saint Paul seeks in today’s first reading (Philemon 7-20).
The abolition of slavery would take more than a millennium to accomplish. What Saint Paul does instead is seek to change the heart of a slave owner: to make him accept this man who has been his slave as a brother in Christ.
Likewise, when we encounter obstacles and setbacks in changing the world for good, may you and I seek to change hearts and, by the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, may we succeed.