Love Is Never Convenient

Pope Francis said, “Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor.” The Pope links our inner life of faith with our outer life of charity. But the Pope isn’t referring to dropping a few coins into a beggar’s cup. He’s talking about becoming one with the poor. But we have too much to embrace the self-emptying love which Christ wishes us to manifest. Without a fight, we’ve allowed money to take control of our lives. Indistinguishable from the rest of society, we’ve become a cog in the economy of exclusion and inequality. When the stock market drops five points in a day the news treats it like a catastrophe portending dire consequences. Yet, when a homeless woman freezes to death in an abandoned building, no one notices…except the rats. Look around and you’ll see compassion is dying bit by bit, day by day. Our hectic, busy lives make it difficult to be present to the poor, to be present to God. Sharing a moment with a homeless person aimlessly pushing a shopping cart is inconvenient. We have no time. But convenience is not a word you will find in the Gospel. Love is never convenient.


1 Response to “Love Is Never Convenient”

  1. 1 aliceny June 14, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    ‘…compassion is dying bit by bit, day by day….’

    True, Gerry. Evidence of that is portrayed before us every time we turn on the television or read a newspaper – and, especially, when we browse the Internet. The fact of this immoral, pervasive presence among us is not fleeting or subtle. If one has any sense of compassion or decency, the stark reality of this evidence should awaken our consuming-saturated, dulled consciences and prompt us to action. We are seeing our present society as it truly is. We have much to answer for. The handwriting is on the wall and we ignore its message at our peril.

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