Crossing the Abyss, Part Five

The Gospel presents us with profound social, economic and political challenges. Issues of global poverty and hunger, corporate corruption and greed, and national policies of war and nuclear arms are gospel concerns. The Gospel demands a response from us, which can be boiled down to three simple and clear things that we, as the body of Christ, cannot tolerate in our private and public lives: hunger, cheating and violence. Moreover, we are compelled to treat all with dignity and equality, constantly on alert to extend mercy and compassion to all who are hurting.

And these Gospel values can be found in the core beliefs of all faiths. Mercy, compassion and love are human values, and it is those virtues that can unite us as a human family, and help us see and know that the poor of Haiti and countless other developing nations are our brothers and sisters, and we must stand with them in fraternity and solidarity. And we can begin to do this by taking at least baby steps toward defying political polarization, consumerism and militarism and putting our full trust in God’s abundance, mercy and love.

Every facet of our lives needs to be permeated by love in order to grow closer to God. Any portion of our lives that we have not surrendered to love, becomes an obstacle to reaching God.

“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?” –Thomas Merton


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