Above All Love…

Brothers and sisters,

In todays reading we have the first half of an oft quoted Gospel message .   The second half is ” Whatever you do, do it in the name of Jesus Christ”.    Which is what we should do, but there is something that comes before that .. it reads :

“Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts…

Are we spending time with peace in our hearts ?   Searching for peace, for a basic familial /agapic type of love where we are open to spend time with our brothers and sisters ?   The question you have to ask yourself, is this  ” Which is greater for you, Love or Fear ?”.

Is the love in your heart for the Christ who lives within the heart of your fellow man, deep enough to overcome the fear that also takes harbor in your own  heart ?  How is it that we justify that we spend million upon millions of dollars on sports when we have children who do not have enough to eat.  We live in a country where there is a rediculous amount of abundance, but we care more for our own pockets and frivality  than we do for our brothers and sisters.

Let me share with you something to consider.   We are brought up in a culture that causes us each to see success in whatever we do.  Failure is not an option.  We are taught that success comes in academic successes, in obtaining a good job, a spouse, a big house in suburbia, a corner office, working hard and getting ahead particularly in the area of money.  Money conquors all.

A vast majority of people in the United States live your basic middle class existance.    They have never known real hunger, or have ever really been deprived of any of their basic needs,, or gone with out a great deal.   But just over our borders there are millions of our brothers and sisters who are starving.  Brothers and sisters who would have their lives vastly improved by the amount of food we throw out each day.

A few days ago I learned about a program ( who’s name I do not yet know) who provides a family with a pair of animals.  The point being that they raise these animals, with the promise that when the animals are fully mature and begin to breed, they will pass on a male and female of that animal to a neighbor or someone else who is in need.  We are talking chickens, and goats,  The animals are bi-production animals, for instance the chickens will give eggs, AND other chickens.. and eventually meat.  The same thing with Goats.  The goats give milk.. which can be consumed,or be made into cheese, or other products, they breed and eventually provide meat as well.   On a larger scale, the community may get a ranch with a larger assortment of animals that produce a wider variety of products on a larger scale.  They call this the Ark.      What a beautiful way to share with neighbors.   We can do this too in the United States.   We can share what we have with our neighbors.

Both of my parents were teachers.  I remember one year while I was in Elementary school either myself or my older brother managed to annoy my mother to the point where she felt that we needed a lesson in how blessed we were. After she took home the last student she kept after school that day, she took us around the county to show us how the other half lives.    It was winter time, around Thanksgiving or Christmas time, and it was cold outside.  We were shown homes of people who lived in poverty, in little more than shacks made of 2×4’s and plywood.  a family huddled around a  kerosene heater.   It was that night that caused me to open my eyes and see my brother in the poor.

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