Living the Gospel – June 7, 2020

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You may have recently seen the photo and story on Facebook of a woman with a police man. Helena was caught stealing in the supermarket and the police were called to arrest her. The surprise of all is when the policeman arrived at the scene and asked her what she stole, she said, “Five Eggs To Feed My Hungry Children.” The police officer took her back to the supermarket and bought her foodstuffs to feed herself and her kids. Miss Helena started crying and asked the police officer, “Sir this is too much for you have done for me…” The police officer replied, “Sometimes we shouldn’t apply the law but must apply the humanity!” Reprinted with permission from the author, Carol Robinson, crobinson@al.com, who said the incident happened in 2014.

Today’s Gospel from John begins with ‘God SO loved the world that he gave his only Son.’ Wow. Imagine how much love God must have for us that he would send his Son to be part of our life…to show us how to live and how to love, how to handle disappointment, stress and despair. Our readings today convey the mystery of the Triune God….something we can never intellectually understand and yet we are challenged to ‘believe in Him’…. not an academic understanding, but rather a total acceptance of Jesus’ way of life, a life of love.

As our country deals with so much unrest and destruction, it is good to read about the acts of kindness of others and to ask for the grace (spirit) to be aware of what part we can play in healing another’s pain.

To me the police officer demonstrated the compassion and love that we are called to show to others….not to judge, but to listen, understand a situation and help.

Peg Orzel