We have a local Radio Maria radio station. No, I did not hear the Doobie Brothers on this station; but I did hear a talk show host discuss loving our enemies. Her presentation was extremely simple and made all the sense in the world. If one believes that God is the Father of each and every person and loves each and every person the same, then we are all “spiritual brothers” with one heavenly Father.
The host went on to explain how much rage and anger is brought on by someone hurting us or hurting a family member. The human nature in us demands revenge, retaliation, justice. If someone killed my sister for example, I would want to see that person suffer. What if my sister was the cause of someone’s suffering? I would feel really bad about what was done, but I am sure I would still love my sister and would want to see her make amends and overcome her transgressions. I now understand that this should be my feelings towards all of God’s children; all of my brothers. To deny any person the same compassion I would have for an immediate family member, is to deny God as the one Father of all people.
There has been much controversy lately over interviews conducted with Pope Francis. I have read the entire interviews and not just the selected “buzz words” the media have put out there. This is the message of Pope Francis. His message as Christ’s vicar on earth is the message of Christ, “Love one another”. So simple. So hard.
Just imagine if all people suddenly found out they were closely related. What would happen? Don’t you think we would treat each other differently?
“Take this message to my brother, you will find him everywhere.
Wherever people live together, tied in poverty’s despair.”
Ephesians 5: Since you are God’s dear children, you must try to be like Him. Your life must be controlled by LOVE