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How do we see others…How do we see ourselves?
Deacon Mario Lopez - June 06, 2017

We know that in the Book of Genesis (Chapter 1:26-27) we are taught that we are made in the image and Likeness of God.

26 Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on the earth.

27 God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Believing this helps us to understand that we are someone special, loved by God and filled with the breath of His gift of Life…His Spirit.

And yet, listening to the broadcasted events that take place in the world today, and how they impact many lives, we see that the seeds of:

  • Cynicism: (Pessimism, Sarcasm, Suspicion, Disparagement, Skepticism) believing that people are generally selfish and dishonest…
  • Sarcasm: (Irony, Mockery, Cynicism, Derision, Acerbity/Bitterness), the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really want to say specially to insult someone, to show irritation…
  • Criticism: (Censure, Disapproval, Reproach, Disparagement, Condemnation) the act of expressing disapproval and of noting the problems or faults of a person or thing; the act of criticizing; the activity of making judgments about the good and bad qualities of someone or something…

are behaviors that only serve to distract us from who we are called to be…and who we are as God’s child.

Looking at the present environment of our society, and in the world today, it has become clear to see that Jesus' invitation that, “we love one another” …as He has loved us, has been replaced by cynicism, sarcasm, and criticism.

St. Paul invites us to “not be transformed by the world, but to transform the world.”

Truly, love does exactly that…it transforms everything, renews everything, restores everything…to God’s original design and desire for all humanity.

Why is this not happening and Why is it easier to hate than to love? Because of fear.

St John tells us that fear casts out love because fear has to do with punishment and that perfect love cast out all fear…and love is made perfect.

God’s Love and Christian Life. (1 John 4:7-19)

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. 8 Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. 10 In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.

13 This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit. 14 Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. 15 Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God. 16 We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.

God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. 17 In this is love brought to perfection among us, that we have confidence on the day of judgment because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love. 19 We love because he first loved us.

We know that for a destructive fire to exist three elements are needed, oxygen, material, and fuel. We also know that, if one these elements is removed, this destructive fire cannot exist.

Maybe today, we can begin to remove the corrosive accelerants of cynicism, sarcasm and criticism and allow the overwhelming peace and fire of God's love quench this blaze that burns in our society and world today…through our actions and prayers.

Everything begins with an individual…maybe today…I can be that individual, just as each of us can also reflect this same goal. To live as God created us to live.

GodsWillBeDone

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