Opening a can of worms? No, a can of hate.


hm, hm, hm.  What a puzzlement.

Gospel Mathew 22:34-40

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees,
they gathered together, and one of them,
a scholar of the law tested him by asking,
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
He said to him,
“You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
I love this scripture reading.  If only the world would follow it!  Why should something so simple be so hard to put into action?  I have my own opinion, no surprise there.
I think the Golden Rule is difficult to follow because so many of us have different gods.  Face it, it is true that where our hearts lie, there is our god.  Just look around.  Society today is filled with a plethora of gods – materialistic, selfish, hedonistic gods.  The god of Self is the most dangerous.  To worship this god is to set aside all others, to concentrate only on what makes Self happy (not satisfied, because there can be no satisfaction in serving Self).  Self thrives on instant gratification.  Self loves only self.  Self does not strive, or even recognize the need, to serve others.  Making Self your god is setting yourself up for a pointless existence.  We were not meant to exist primarily for Self.
I state my opinion not to upset anyone, only to share my beliefs.  They have been nurtured through experience, experience founded through many years of serving other gods  Indeed, I served Self for a long time.  Perhaps I still do from time to time, the difference now being that most of the time I am able to identify my worship of Self and repent.  (Yes, Catholics do repent!)
Imagine how different our lives – heck, the world – would be if we all tried to follow the Golden Rule instead of traveling along a road to pointless existence.  Oh what a horrible cliché!   Bear with me here.  I may have a perspective you haven’t confronted yet.  I’m talking about being guilty of opening up a can of – worms?- no, hate.  Opening up a can of hate.  It starts innocently enough; a negative word here or there.  A racial slur.  An adverse comment concerning a different religion or lifestyle.  A condemnation of anything different than ourselves.  Unfair judgment.  All these actions are put into use without a second thought.  And words are catalysts used to propagate this cruelty and prejudice.  Rag head, nigger, spick, jap, chink, whitey, fag.  Words tossed around by people who think they have a right to say them!  Come on people!  Why?  What happened to respect?  What happened to the Golden Rule?
There are unsavory characters in the world.  It’s true.  There are terrorists, robbers, murderers, molesters, liars, cheaters.  Call a spade a spade, no need to label all the same.
One cannot serve God and man at the same time.  You are either on the bandwagon or not.  Serve the real true God or serve the god of Self.  Love one another or open a can of hate.  It only takes one word, one label, one decision.  I’m trying to do the right thing.  Are you?  Trust me, the rewards are far beyond the good you can imagine.  They are peace of mind, heart, and soul.  They are experiencing the fullness of love given to us by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a love you cannot possibly image the height, depth, and width of.  They are graces poured into us by a loving and eternal God.  The grace to love one another, the grace to see what is important in this life, the grace to see that material, selfish, hedonistic gods are without merit, producing no good fruit, offering no life in eternity.
Happiness cannot be found serving the god of Self.  Real love cannot be found serving the god of Self.  Peace cannot be found serving the god of Self.  Forget that life and open a world of new possibilities. If you don’t believe that kind of blessed life can exist, do your own experiment.  Find yourself a nice quiet place, rest yourself and place your hands on your lap, palms up..  Say this prayer;  Lord God of all creation, I want to know love, peace, and understanding.  I’ve heard I need to stop serving the god of Self to gain these things.  If you do exist, please open the eyes of my heart.  Please show me the power of loving one another.  Sincerely, (add your name)

2 thoughts on “Opening a can of worms? No, a can of hate.

  1. U got it Nan, God loves us all. Even the seemingly unloveable . And we r called to do the same. And it’s not always easy! Great article! I love u!

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