Sunday, September 6, 2020

Speak, Love, Pray (Reading Reflection 9/6/2020)

    Persecution.  Oppression. Discrimination.  Over and over, we hear these words being spoken, like the mantra of the world we are now living in.  Yet, what does it really come down to?  As I read today's readings, it shows us what is missing: love.  We as Christians are called by God Himself, in the words of His Son, our Savior, to "love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:39) in what he called "the greatest commandment".  Why?  In Paul's letter to the Romans, he explains just that: "Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law" (Rom 13:10).

    We as Christians have the responsibility to evangelize the love of God to others and speak out against injustices, just like we are being called in the book of Ezekiel (33:7-9).  But by the same token, we must understand that it is their choice.  If, however, you warn the wicked to turn from their ways, but they do not, then they shall die in their sins, but you shall save your life (33:9).  We have all been give free will by our Father.  We must understand that we all have a choice, and what happens after is not in our hands.

    Yet, we can speak out all we want, but the greatest evangelization we can do is in action.  When we act based on love, we would not act to hurt one another, but we act based on the understanding and compassion Jesus himself showed us in His ministry and life.  It is in how we treat others, which is what we are called to do in Paul's letters to the Romans.But what else is there?  We speak, we act, but what else is there?  Jesus tells us in the Gospel: take it to prayer, and pray as community.  We take our concerns to our faith community and pray as one.  That is how we as Christians are called to be: we speak against injustice while acting out of love and praying for others as a community.