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He Who Loves God, Loves His Brother
I have been watching the news about the world reaction to what happened at the capital, the impeachment of President Trump and the Republicans who are jumping ship. I also reflected on world history among nations over time, going all the way back to the Old Testament. It is like watching a re-run over and over again. Man does not get along, even the allies do not get along 100 percent.
I realize that this is because of Original Sin, how Original Sin has twisted our very nature for peace. Even peaceful people sin, even they get angry and disgusted and dare I say even once in their lifetime have hated someone.
As I was preparing for my Lay Ministry Class, one of the readings to reflect upon was from 1 John 4:11-21. This section talked about God’s love. Remember He has an unconditional love, an eternal love, for He is love itself and thus He is incapable of hating, for if He was, we would not be around. I believe that God would have started over.
Getting back to the point though, verses 20 and 21 really caught my eye. Here is what is written:” If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar, for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.
I believe here lies the problem, from laypeople to leaders of the world’s nations. People say they love God but do act like it. We do not help the downtrodden, we go after our adversary, we compete to be top dog while stepping on whomever we have to, to get to the top. We lie, cheat, and steal to become Numero Uno. In our nation we have a perfect example of this within the election of the Presidency. We see the opposition to our current President go after him with outright lies and accusing him of doing what they are exactly doing themselves; stirring up the emotions of the American People, dividing our country, just so they can be top dog.
You see this within my own Catholic Church. Priests disobeying their Bishops, Bishops thinking of only making Cardinal. Various leaders within the Church all the way to the Pope misleading people on various teachings including the current vaccination for COVID 19.
We hate and lie, yet we say that we are a people of God. We say that we are of the light, yet we act like children of darkness. Now do not get me wrong, I am far from perfect, I am a sinner just like everyone else, but what I see is people not wanting to change their ways. I see people telling that they are doing what they do for them, for the good of all. But at what cost? Not just the here and now, but eternally. How many think of their souls while supposedly doing the tramping of others for the good of the all. We need to sacrifice for others, pray for others so that this world, our country might become a God fearing nation again.
Remember, If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar, for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.
May God Bless you and your family,
Below is a link to an article that I read and totally agree with. It highlights what I have been saying for sometime about the Catholic Church, especially here in America, and the mishandling of the pandemic. Instead of running toward God, and leading the people during this crisis, the church hierarchy shut down the churches, limited Masses, limited Sacraments or no Sacraments at all were given. Copy and paste the link and enjoy the read. Let me know what you think.
May God Bless you and your family.
Here is an area that many people seem to avoid at all costs, the world of politics. There is much in the air in this arena nowadays and people need to wake up and see what is going on before it is too late. As catholics and christians we are to defend the basic human rights, and with what is coming if we do not start to stand up it will be too late for our younger generation.
I read an article on the Epoch Times today that pretty much hits the bullseye on what is part of the problem with our government and their inadequate care of our country. Now do not get me wrong, I am not for big government and handing out what people think they are entitled to, but I do believe that their should be people who can make laws to help with the basic human needs. I believe that as Catholics and Christians we need to reach out to others and help them when they are down. I believe that we need to stand up to a government who tries to oppress its people, or a government who lets small socialistic ideas creep into our society.
This article describes what I am talking about much better than I could ever wr ite. Copy and paste the link and read it for yourselves. Let me know what you think. Here is the link: https://www.theepochtimes.com/trump-should-declassify-how-the-chinese-communist-party-interfered-in-our-election_3639921.html?utm_source=share-btn-copylink&st=X2ks-1TMT7q1ZVYBq30gzLi0VmgzQxmm6zADUFSodMeHRBuWIburfM_s8razyu2oz7E2nyvveyRES5jxezEqzt5II8A92OxWjcE
May God Bless you and your family,