Thursday, June 15, 2006

Are We the Stumbling Block?

So [then] each of us shall give an account of himself [to God]. Then let us no longer judge one another, but rather resolve never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. Romans 5:12-13

Are we a stumbling block to those we love? Do we help them with their growth? Do we guide them in the right direction or turn our backs on them. Have you looked in your communities (Parish & Towns, Cities) for any who need your guidance. Just like Elijah guided Ahab in today's first reading. God sends us to guide those who are lost. Or are we shrugging our shoulders and say someone else will do it. All we do throughout our lives we shall give an accounting for.

Do we love those who don't like us. That's hard to do, but can be done. Do not judge them by their reaction, but love them anyway. Open the way for them, so they will see God's goodness within. Letting God's light shine enables those in darkness to see the light. Except today we close the light so others do not see. We often turn our backs on our neighbors who have less than us and live close to. How often we walk away judging them because they lack. It's sometimes the smallest thing but we all tend to look and judge without realizing we do so.

Many out there are jobless, and the saddest thing is when employers judge another because of lacking a job. Or us doing the same, don't we think that way too. Classifying them as druggies or something else. I hear how people talk about them, and how they describe the homeless, and this is from Christians. It's hurtful. These people themselves may not hear it directly, but it is felt in the actions we do. Or someone shaking your hand, and then looking at their hand to see if they caught cooties or something, while in Church too. We need to change how we love our neighbor, if there is going to be a change in the world.

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