April 1, Bd. Giuseppe Girotti “Expecting” Matt. 26:14-25
In looking at Judas Iscariot I find sympathy for him for I see him present all over the world. We all have different expectations of Christ–that is why we have the different expressions of denominations. We expect a lot from Jesus. The world appears to be breaking a part, our own leaders seem to care less about the environment, about poverty–people are priced out of homes, homelessness is increasing–and we expect a lot from Jesus.
This morning I think of Giuseppe Girotti a priest in Italy who saved Jews from the Nazis, was arrested and sent to Dachau where he was executed. The Church as a whole was indifferent to the Nazis, but he followed Jesus, and in so doing said “Everything I do is out of love.’
Rather than expecting a lot of Jesus how about we look into ourselves this holy week, and act “out of love.” Last night a young man said to me “I am giving upon ever having money,” a young man who is penniless, and for me that was good advice, rather than striving for money, let’s strive to love our neighbor. A friend of mine said to me last week, “You are so different,” and in the past I would have been offended, but I see my differences as not staying in one social strata, living simply, and giving my life the best I can to Jesus–and for me that has meant more than life. There is quote I read yesterday, “I have lived a strange life, but it is a hell of a lot of fun.”, and I have lived a “strange life” and it too has been a “hell of a lot of fun.” And for me there are no regrets–accept not having the years back to do it again. So today in the consolations of your life give thanks to God, in the desolations, give thanks to God, and remember the worlds of Beatrijs of Nazareth–“The soul must live in hope.” Live in hope, and remember to do “everything out of love.” Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!
The act of regularly eating foods derived from confined and brutalized animals forces us to become somewhat emotionally desensitized, and this numbing and inner armoring make it possible for us as a culture to devastate the earth, slaughter people in wars, and support oppressive social structures without feeling remorse.
By going vegan, we’re taking responsibility for the effects of our actions on vulnerable beings and we’re resensitizing ourselves. We’re becoming more alive, and more able to feel both grief and joy. Kahlil Gibran points out in The Prophet that unless we are able to feel our grief and weep our tears, we will not be able to laugh our laughter, either. Turning our pain and outrage into action on behalf of vulnerable beings will bring healing to us and to our world.