When you see someone walking down the street, toward you, what do you see? Do you see a person? An object? An obstacle? The question isn’t as absurd as it sounds. Let me rephrase it a little differently. Do you love everyone you meet? Do you love most of the people that you meet? Or is it about 50-50? If you answered that last question with anything other than loving everyone, then you don’t really see people walking toward you. Let me explain.

All of us, we are people. We are not dogs, cats, trees, rocks or anything else. Each of us was created for one purpose and that is to love our God…to the best of our ability. We stumble, we trip, and we fall. We get up and trip some more. Throughout our life, we keep making mistakes and falling short of our one purpose: to love our God. We are not the only ones carrying this problem, though. Every person who has been created, every child of Adam and Eve, has tripped and will continue to fall short. God saw this when He created us, and yet He loves us, encourages us, even dies for us.

We cannot look at others and critique their lifestyle, their habits, or their way of life. It is not fair. It is not just. Why should we excuse our problems, lessen our guilt, and at the same time, hold others to be accountable? All of us are people. All of us share in the guilt. All of us, with our way of life, have hammered the nails into Christ’s hands and feet. And yet, we still excuse our problems, our sins, and our lifestyle.

In the post, “Beginning of Lent”, it was said that during this sacred time, we should treat each person that we meet with love and compassion. (Actually, this should be being done throughout the year, but let’s use these forty days before Easter as a good starting point.) Each person bears God within. Each person that we meet, no matter what their lifestyle is, has the same objective as we. That purpose is to love God. How well we do that is borne out by how well we love our fellow man, in short: Other People.

When all is said and done, I guess it all comes down to how seriously we believe that God has created man in His own image and likeness. It hinges on our belief that God has breathed Himself into mankind, His creatures. What we do to others, how we feel about others, how we treat others really reflects our love for our God. If God is present in all mankind, then in loving our fellow man, we really do show our love for our God. Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, said, “For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in: Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me. Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, and fed thee; thirsty, and gave thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger, and took thee in? Or naked, and covered thee? Or when did we see thee sick or in prison, and came to thee? And the king answering shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me. Matthew 25: 35-40.

Here are some other Posts that have a similar theme. Click on any one of them:

1) A Time For Love
2) Beginning of Lent