Two Warriors’ Tendency

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 05/14/2015

in Easter

Ascension–Cycle B
May 17, 2015

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another.”
(John 4:1a)

Two Warriors’ Tendency

Change is mighty and powerful. Throughout the ages, Sages have philosophized about changing systems to improve the world: Herbert Marcuse, Marx, Freud, and Habermas to name a few. Humans primarily have two tendencies:

  • Creating life or destroying life
  • Uniting or climbing the ladder at other’s cost
  • Loving or hating enough to kill
  • Hanging on to life or desiring death

After the death of Jesus, Jurgen Habermas without mentioning Jesus said, “If only we would be able to change the human person so that its forceful destructive power would be put at the service of life-giving tendencies.”

Isn’t that what Jesus was all about? “Love one another.” Our Lord asks us not to destroy people, but affirm them for in His mercy, He loved and died for them. Remember when His disciples wanted to bring down fire and brimstone upon the Samaritans? The God-man did not perform a miracle, nor act as fallen human nature acts.  His disciples were beginners and did not catch on to how God loves. Have we yet caught on to real love?

Before he died Habermas at age 80 said, “Find me a new human person.” As Jesus said long ago before He died, gave us a new commandment; “Love one another as I have loved you.”

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. When do I give way to my negative tendencies?
  2. How do I get rid of such tendencies?
  3. When did Jesus give us the New Commandment?
  4. What is the difference between the Old Testament commandment of God and the New Commandment of Jesus?
  5. What are some of the positive things we can perform to make us more lovable people?
  6. Would be willing to die for your best friend? What about your worst enemy?

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