Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"Go Into the World and Tell Everyone You Meet, There Is a Man on the Cross"

There is a picture that has been making the rounds this week.  It shows a mob amassed outside of the house of a lawyer for one of the country's largest banks on May 14th.  The signs held by the mob say things like "bank greed."  The over 500 people showed up in 14 school buses.  They went up the front walk of the house to the man's porch.  They flooded his front yard.  However, the man wasn't home.  Only his 14 year old son was home.  By himself.  The frightened kid locked himself in the bathroom while the mob swarmed his property.

I would like to ask each of these people what was it that made them decide this was the best way to act.  What thought process was involved that led them to the decision to join an angry mob?  Did they actually feel that they had been personally hurt by this man or did they want to feel a part of something bigger than themselves?


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For some reason, I can't get this picture out of my head.  It speaks to me of the danger of being too free in our judgment of others and too far from the mandate of our Creator.  Love one another.  Too eager to tear another down through violence and intimidation.  How easy it is.

In one of his homilies, Bishop Fulton Sheen tells a tale of hearing a voice from the cross and turning to the voice and saying, "I will take you down" and trying to pull the nails from the feet.  But the Lord says in return, "..I cannot be taken down until every man, woman and child come to take Me down."  And he replies to the Lord, "What can I do?  I cannot bear your cry!"  And the Lord said, "Go into the world and tell everyone that you meet, there is a Man on the cross."

There is so much anger in our world today.  The impulse to hurt rather than to help seems to dominate.  The message must get out.

There is a Man on the cross.

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