I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth
just as we were commanded by the Father.
But now, Lady, I ask you,
not as though I were writing a new commandment
but the one we have had from the beginning:
let us love one another.
For this is love, that we walk according to his commandments;
this is the commandment, as you heard from the beginning,
in which you should walk.
Many deceivers have gone out into the world,
those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh;
such is the deceitful one and the antichrist.
Look to yourselves that you do not lose what we worked for
but may receive a full recompense.
Anyone who is so “progressive”
as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God;
whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son. – 2 John 4-9
Two salient points from yesterday’s first reading from the Mass leapt out at me. Perhaps they will speak to you as well.
First – we must love one another. We must will the good of one another even if we don’t have affection for one another.
Second – it is not love to preach that which is outside of accepted Church teaching. We must not modify or innovate the Gospel,we mustn’t torture it to seem to support viewpoints or behaviours that are either explicitly contradicted by scripture and/or tradition.
We must love the person. That doesn’t mean we can’t abhor the words, thoughts, or actions of another. But always we must love. We must take care of each other. We mustn’t do harm in body, mind, spirit, nor to that which belongs to another person. We defeat evil by filling that vacuum with good… with love.
Anyway, that’s what I try to teach my children. I guess that’s what you try to teach yours. I guess that’s what nearly all of us were taught and what we want to teach. Perhaps we could try to channel that anger, disappointment, entitlement, braggadocio into something constructive, something to build everyone up. I wonder what that world would look like? I suspect it would look a lot like Heaven on earth.
“If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta