An article by one of our wonderful parishioners, Peter Murray, was printed in the Sunday edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The foremost Christian feast of The Resurrection calls us to seriously rethink how we treat others. “Treat” in the sense of how we behave toward or deal with others.
Easter involves more than 2 billion people, among the 7 billion in the world, who commemorate the rising of Jesus Christ from the dead 2,000 years ago. This victory over death occurred after an agonizing ordeal of torture, a dehumanizing public execution and entombment.
For many, this event without equal was/is a wake-up call for humankind to accept the responsibility to grow up spiritually. Yet we often act our urge, rather than our age, when we have something to say about someone else. Regardless of one’s beliefs, disbeliefs or indifference concerning Jesus Christ, his focus on the importance of loving our neighbor is deserving of our complete attention.
This teaching about love might not seem like rocket science. But the struggles of civilization have taught us otherwise. So this Easter season, it would be helpful for all of us to mature by showing greater respect for each other.
There are many philosophies that encourage us to be civil. So take your pick anywhere from a line in the 1942 movie “Bambi” – “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all” – or a couple of thousand years ago when our Lord said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
The point is we are commanded, not suggested, to treat each other with respect. When we do so, we honor not only our neighbor, but God as well as ourselves by becoming a positive force for peace on Earth.
Peter M. Murray