John 5:19-20 19 Then Jesus answered, and said to them: Amen, amen, I say unto you, the Son cannot do any thing of himself, but what he seeth the Father doing: for what things soever he doth, these the Son also doth in like manner.
20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things which himself doth: and greater works than these will he shew him, that you may wonder.
We saw anarchy in the streets last night of a major city in the USA. If you do not know to what I refer, watch the news. I was in Europe when “Occupy Rome” and all the other occupies occurred. I watch the kicking of a statue of Our Lady by anarchists and the destruction of a shrine, including the destruction of a crucifix with Our Lord’s Body damaged.
Anarchy is the primal sin of Satan. “I shall not serve” is the cry of those who do not want any rules. They want to live as they want to live when they want to live it. They do not want either man’s rules, natural law, in which they do not believe, or God’s laws.
We are all responsible for our own actions. No one has to respond to speeches of any sort. We all have free will and we are rational creatures, or created that way.
Some countries in the EU are passing laws to curb extremist or hate speech. But, the governments will determine what that type of speech is. Catholics will be vulnerable, simply because of our doctrines, our teachings, which are seen as exclusive by some.
Anarchists in the EU or in America are organized. These people get on buses and show up at places to cause riots. We saw this yesterday, we saw this in Los Angeles, we saw this in London, Paris, Rome.
Anarchists, sadly, hate even the human race, not seeing that we are truly all connected. There are anarchists on the right and anarchists on the left. Both do not consider the “common good” but only their own selfish, narcissistic goals. Some run the greatest banks and companies in the world, Some run gangs in the streets. The spirit is the same–that of destruction.
Sadly, this country was built, like modern France, on a false ideal of rebellion. Rebellion by definition is not a builder mentality but a tearing down mentality. Sadly, those of us who desire to be good citizens, to serve our fellow human beings, to protect the weak and to make a society which is civilized have been thwarted again and again by those who only know destruction and not building.
To build, one must have a vision of community, of love, of service. To build, one must sacrifice, share, meet and work together. Living life “my way” brings death to a civilization. The “mes” refuse to work with the ‘wes”. There may be many reasons why mes do not want to become wes, but folks, heaven is full of people. There is no anarchy in heaven, only joined praise of God, joined joy.
Some say Christ was an anarchist. This is rubbish. Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity obeyed His Father. God the Father gave us all rules, in our hearts, as natural law, and then, to remind us, the Ten Commandments. On top of those rules, we were given the Beatitudes, which guide us to the higher perfection of the virtues, which means being good without rules. A man with whom I had a brief discussion this morning told me that people have a right to violence in response to violent words. No, we do not . Violence is a choice. We do not have to respond to violent words.
How we respond to our business, and as Christians, we are to love even those who speak against us. Such is Christ’s way for us. He was silent before Pilate and the Jews who screamed, “Crucify Him.”
Rebellion and anarchy are sins. Period. But, conformity to evil is also a sin. One must walk the clear line of discernment, neither falling into false compromises and sloth, nor falling into anarchy and rebellion.
This week of Lent reminds us that Christ taught us how to love. Where is love? No one can love without God’s love–no one. No one can be truly good without God’s love within.
Left to ourselves, we become less than human, we become animals.
For years, I have wanted to live in a community of love. My two stays at Tyburn were such times, but that is not where God wanted me. Communities of love are the ONLY way to combat violence and anarchy. But, sadly, too many people take their darkness into communities and refuse to let the light of love heal them. Too many people bring the spirit of adversity, which we saw last night, into Catholic groups.
We must keep our eyes on Christ.
John 13:34-35 34 A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.
We are Christians know the answer to the question “Where is love?” It is where people who have allowed God to free them from sin, to free their slavery to sin, live together in harmony. Only God heals and brings peace. Do not fall for false peace, but do not fall into anarchy either.