In this week’s readings we continue to see the influential people of Jesus’ time testing him to see if they can trap Jesus into saying something incriminating or against the religious beliefs of the times. Look and sound familiar? Our country has been doing the same recently with all the political ads we are bombarded with. Our mail, television, and internet is full of information with truths, half truths, and outright lies from both sides of the political spectrum. So how should we handle them?
Jesus gives us the perfect example of how we can deal with this in our gospel, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
We as a country need to respect, accept, and yes, love one another. We must place God first in all we do. This includes our political decisions as well. We may not agree with all aspects of a political party, but we still need to respect each other and love our neighbor as our self. As Catholic Christians keeping God first should always be number one. God should rule our decisions in all aspects of our lives, including our political ones. However these decisions need to be made with love for all involved, those that agree and especially those that may disagree with us. We must prayerfully examine all the issues and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us. By acting in a prayerful, and loving manner to everyone, we can truly place God first.
So as these difficult times continue, we need to keep that in mind. Love...God, must be more prevalent in our state, our country, our world. It truly is the greatest commandment. If we love each other as God loves us, we can never go wrong.
Blessings, Deacon Dan