Compassion to All

Ezek. 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 I Cor. 3: 9c-11, 16-17, John 2:13-22 Compassion to All

Feast of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

Today the Roman Church celebrates the building of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, a physical building.  Physical buildings are important to us–we can touch them use them, be safe in them, and hide from others who are different in them.

Yesterday I read of crab season being put on hold, the rising warmth of the seas destroying our wild life,  another story of a disabled man who died at our La Guna Honda Hospital after being pushed around by the system for most of his life,I gave blankets to people sleeping on the street, an apartment building burned in the Mission leaving sixty homeless, and thousands  are homeless.

Dr. Will Tuttle tells us:

“Compassion is ethical intelligence: it is the capacity to make connections and the consequent urge to act to relieve the suffering of others.”

We need open our eyes to the needs of others around us, to pull away from our own self-centeredness, remove the covers over our eyes and see the reality that the actions of each of our lives are causing. We each play a part. I have friends who yell from the house tops that “their generation” will save the world, well my generation said the same thing–it is only getting worse. It depends on each one of us.

In Ezekiel we are promised a world where nature is flourishing, plenty of fish, and nature is at peace.

Sargent Shriver said: “The saints and sages of the great religions have always agreed that a peace that passes understanding can be reached only by compassion.”

The peace “that passes all understanding” can only be achieved if we are willing to suffer, to give up and share, and to do without so that the world, and all who live in it can flourish.  The question is: Will we ever be willing to do that–or will we simply move into hell by our actions? Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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