The Worst Thing Man Can do is Kill God
…….but they kept on calling out, saying, “Crucify, crucify Him!”
Luke 23: 21
I recently read a wonderful book by Fulton J. Sheen, titled, The World’s First Love, Mary, Mother of God. At the end of the book, Bishop Sheen writes about the sufferings of Jesus and he explains that each suffering was equally suffered by Our Lady. His vivid descriptions are heart-wrenching and will, most certainly, bring you to tears. In describing the horrors of the crucifixion and how Our Lady’s heart was pierced by each one, Bishop Sheen wrote, “The worst thing man can do is kill God.” When I read this line, I wept. I could not get it out of my mind. Over and over again, I heard those words, “The worst thing man can do is kill God.” Each time I heard them, they became more penetrating and I finally came to the frightening question, “Is this what we are doing now?” Are we killing God?
Are We Killing God?
I believe the answer is “Yes!’ we are killing God. Little by little, we are scourging Him. We are wrapping His sacred head with thorns and forcing him to carry a heavy cross upon His gentle shoulder. Society is yelling, “Crucify Him!” and we are doing exactly that. Make no mistake. Many love Him and work to spread His light throughout the world, but there are many whose darkness has become a blanket that is covering the light.
And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.
One Scourge at a Time
God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.
God gave us a magnificent world. He gave us oceans that sparkle in the sun’s reflection, lakes, and streams so clear we could see to their bottom, and He filled them with life; colorful life to enhance, swim and flourish in these beautiful waters. And He said, “It is good.” He gave us green grass and soft sand and He created trees. Trees, in and of themselves offer us lessons so simple yet profound but we bypass their lessons and cut them away. Trees live in harmony with each other. They do not infringe upon each other’s space. They do not compete for sunlight and they reach upward to the light, a light that we ignore. Trees communicate with their roots. How often do we take a moment to stop and admire a tree?
God created animals; an assortment of beautiful creatures ranging from the strength and splendor of a lion to the beauty of a fragile hummingbird. He gave every creature a home; a place where the climate suited them and their needs were supplied. Now, because of man’s ego, vanity, and greed, they have been hunted. They have been killed for their fur or their tusks. Some no longer exist and others are endangered. One scourge at a time. One tiger, one tree, one plastic bag in the ocean and see what we have done to God’s splendid earth.
“…man has specific responsibility towards the environment in which he lives, towards the creation which God has put at the service of his personal dignity, of his life, not only for the present but also for future generations.”
~Saint John Paul II~
One Thorn at a Time
When children are born, they do not recognize differences in the color of their skin. They do not know how to hate. They know no bias. They just love. What has happened to these innocent children? They have become the adults who compete and compare. We have become these adults; adults who destroy and steal other’s property, who look for reasons to disagree and express that disagreement with violence. We have become the bully or the victim of bullying. “Love one another as I have loved you.” I have to believe that, somewhere hidden by the darkness, there is light. There is love. We were created to love and be loved but we choose hatred, judgment, bigotry, and greed above love. Just look around. In the past ten years, there have been 180 school shootings which resulted in the killing of 356 children. One thorn at a time. Every 96 seconds, a baby is aborted; a baby who could have grown to be the doctor whose research becomes a cure for cancer, or a musician who composes a symphony. One thorn at a time. In 2019 1,004 civilians were shot and killed by police. I do not know the circumstances. I know only the results. I am neither judge nor jury but I see the violence and I believe it is painful to Our Precious Lord. One thorn at a time.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. ‘The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
~Mark 12: 30-31~
To the Cross
We are destroying the earth. We are killing each other and ourselves. Nearly 4,400 people, each year, take their own lives. Many suicides are committed because of bullying and many due to mental illness, but if we were able to look into the hearts and heads of each of these victims, we would most likely see discouragement, disillusion, what they would consider failure or an inability to cope with the world and its judgments; an inability to meet the standards others set for us or we set for ourselves. The most precious gift God gives us is life and, sadly, some see no choice but to end it. To the cross. People are ill. Doctors believe there is no cure and medical insurance refuses to pay for their care so some are choosing to assist people in what they refer to as assisted suicide but, it is euthanasia. Many sick or elderly would accept this choice only because they are lonely and feel forsaken. Is it not odd that we find ourselves too busy to visit or care for those who gave all they had to care for us? Rather than seeing them as a gift, they are viewed as a burden. To the cross.
“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, and forgotten by everybody. I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty, than the person who has nothing to eat.”
~Saint Teresa of Calcutta~
So, with our anger, ingratitude, hatred, and violence, we collectively pound that last nail into and through Our Savior. To the Cross.
“We are an Easter people, and Alleluia is our song.”
~Saint John Paul II quoting Saint Augustine~
The bottom line is exactly this. “We are an Easter people.” We know there is hope. Hope comes in the name of Jesus. He resurrected to give us hope. We are Christians. We belong to Him and with Him and His most precious mother, we can change this world. We can teach our children to love each other without considering their color, race or religion. We can teach them to pick up their trash, love the animals and take time to say something nice to an elderly person. We can teach them to pray the Rosary and help them to know that as Padre Pio said, “The Rosary is the weapon.” Children learn quickly. They will come back to teach us and they will be the lights that soften our hardened hearts.
“The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.”
Jesus promised, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” And Jesus never breaks a promise.
God bless and keep us all.