Social media quickly makes me lose faith in humanity. So much garbage comes out of people’s posts. Things one might have kept to themselves, or only said in private, come to light when empowered by the shield of the Internet.
Things I’ve read this week:
- Criminal lives don’t matter. Shoot ’em.
- BLM = thugs.
- Don’t want to be mistreated by those in authority? STFU and do what you’re told.
- All the problems of society today can be blamed on the whiny, entitled, “it’s my right to film everything” generation.
- Girls who drink too much or dress provocatively should assume they will be taken advantage of.
It’s bullshit. All of it. There are good cops and bad cops. There are people who shouldn’t be cops. Saying “Black Lives Matter” doesn’t mean you think everyone else is worthless. Criminals are human beings who have broken the law. Racism is alive and well in 2016. White privilege is real. Sexism is real. Rape culture is real. Who is to blame? Every single one of us.
I am a Catholic, though a pretty shitty Catholic a lot of the time. As a Catholic, as any variety of Christian, it is my duty to see Christ in every human being. Christ in the criminal. Christ in the cop. Christ in the black man. Christ in the rape victim. Christ in the militant beheading members of my faith. This is the Faith: that we are all made in the image and likeness of God, though tainted by this fallen world.
Even if religion is not your thing, you can at least see that we are all members of the human family. We belong to each other. Can we not at least try to do better by one another?
The Greatest Commandment
There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.’ Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Love of Enemies
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.
*Quotes taken from the New American Bible.