When we begin to build walls of prejudice, hatred, pride, and self-indulgence around ourselves, we are more surely imprisoned than any prisoner behind concrete walls and iron bars. Mother Angelica
Meditation: It is disheartening for me to see how some of our evangelical brothers and sisters have joined the nationalist political movement of hatred that has invaded our country. Doesn’t “evangelical” mean bringing the Good News of Jesus to everybody and seeing everybody as worthy in God’s eyes? Isn’t Church meant to open itself to welcome all (no matter what race, culture, age, lifestyle or background) as brothers and sisters in Christ? How then can it be that some evangelical leaders of our time choose to imprison themselves and their followers? How can we as people who call ourselves Christians choose to support prejudice and hatred? How can we judge, push out and imprison for example undocumented immigrants and by doing so really imprison ourselves? Who has blinded us?
Prayer: God of mercy, we all need Your Spirit to come and convert our hearts. God, we grieve that some of our brothers and sisters are blinded. God, have mercy on us Christians here in the US, some of whom have fallen for the current “Zeitgeist” (the worldly spirit of the time). Come and enlighten Your Church. Lead us out of our self-made prisons and revive Your Spirit and Light within us. Remind us daily that we are followers of Christ. Remind us that we are set free and are called to set others free as well. God have mercy. Amen
But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.1. John 2:11