So We Christians have to Love OTHERS also As much as We love ourselves. Mark 12:31.
The word ‘Neighbour’ can also be used instead of ‘Others.’
So WHO is my Neighbour?
My Family is Not my ‘Neighbour.’ If my father lives in the next house, We will not say: ‘He is my neighbour,’ but, ‘He is my Father.’
To Explain this idea of Neighbour, Jesus gave the Example of the Good Samaritan. Luke 10:25-37.
The Jews of Jesus’ time did not like Samaritans. At All. They would not Mix with the Samaritans; Would not Accept even Water from them, – Which is Why Everybody was Surprised when they found Him Asking for Water from, and Talking to, the Samaritan Woman. John 4: 7-8, 27.
Jesus had even told His disciples: “Do Not go to the Samaritan towns!” Matthew 10:5.
So in the parable of the Good Samaritan, it is This Hated Samaritan Who proves to be the Neighbour.
If ‘I’ am Your Neighbour, ‘You’ are ‘My’ Neighbour.
So, Jesus was saying, Even the Samaritan, whom You all hate so much, is Your Neighbour, and You Have to love him (them) AS MUCH as You love Yourself.
FOR US THAT MEANS, WE HAVE TO LOVE EVERYBODY TOO; ANY CASTE, ANY RELIGION, ANY COUNTRY.
Not just our Family.
Without belittling the Jewish People, whom I hold in respect, here is a difference that Christians have to be aware of:
The Difference between Jewish and the Christian Religions.
Christians take it Too easy, thinking
makes them Good People.
This post is to show that it is not enough. We are supposed to Love our Neighbour AS MUCH as We love ourselves.
…Many, many years ago, when I was praying that my youngest sister get married, – it all depended on money, in India, weddings mean money, especially for a Girl, – Dowries are needed, and We are a poor family, …I got what I would call a message from God:
“You take care of my family; and I will take care of Yours!”
…I was in the seminary at that time, so started concentrating on my studies, and thinking and praying on what I could do for suffering Mankind. I can even say I stopped praying for my sister, EXCEPT for One very small prayer for her every day.
…She got married into a Very good family; am Very Happy, and I literally have More than I need.
…Do look up Matthew 6:33. It says, in effect:
Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven, …and All the Rest will Fall in Line!
Had been taking a 3 month long rest, and have decided to Start Again, and Happy to do so.
Having decided to do so, nearly had a Crash (of the mental kind), an Absolute Crash, of the type which had made me give a letter of resignation from the Priesthood in 1987 to my Bishop, (from which I came back Real Quick, Thank God, in a couple of months).
This is what had taken me to the Brink:
Things are Not going Well in India. Unemployment is having its Deadly Dance, People are Struggling to Live, and the #politicos, true to the old principles of ‘Raj tantra,’ the ‘art’ of (remaining) kings, politics of today, have taken the Country to the edges of Secession, by things called #CAA and #NRC. More on these later.
Those who had been protesting against it, have been made to have a Real Taste of Democracy. See videos (Violent).
What I found Worse than these was that a Small Child of 15 months was separated from her Parents because they had gone out protesting, and were jailed by the #police. As I had written in Facebook:
The parents of the Baby of 15 months have been arrested by the #police. Her relatives are taking care of her.
The Child is repeatedly saying ‘Aao,’ which means ‘Come,’ calling her Mother.
This made me (Violently) Mad at God, again. …I remember having prayed that I wanted this Baby united with her parents.
It has happened. (It does not happen in every case).
God’s Not Dead.
I feel like Living Again.
Happy New Years, Folks. Much Love to All. More later.
My Own Country; and it pains me to call it that. But Needs Must.
All this does not Bother Too many people.
As in pointing out Where We Have to Change, In all this I blame Ourselves, The Citizens, First. Lewd Pictures, Posters, Advertisements, Songs and Movies, are Accepted by Us; We do not Protest against them… Not at Home, Nor in Our Conversations and Writings. Not Enough. Let Not The Crusaders get hot over this.
It falls upon Religious Leaders to Inculcate Right Values; and tell me the last time You found them doing that; Powerfully, Incessantly, as Christ would have done. The Precise Reason I Keep Castigating Our Dear, Good Pope.
As things Stand, where We expect Sense, Decency and Direction in the ‘leaders’ of the Civil world, We find a Lot of Blah, Empty Words, which I find a Mockery.
Some Ten days ago, a Young Woman was Gang-Raped, Set on Fire and Killed. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/all-4-accused-in-hyderabad-gang-rape-murder-shot-dead/articleshow/72393178.cms
As the link shows, All four Accused were Apprehended, and after a Furore from the Public, killed by the the police in what they called an ‘Encounter,’ in India coming to mean ‘Allowing’ Accused to Run, and then Shoot and Kill them. Here is what I had written about that:
1. Have No sympathy for the Accused. Suggest they should have been burnt.
2. But Sentence Should have come from #courts. There are Too many Loopholes in the #encounter.
3. Physically, to say All Four were killed is Brainlessness. At 3 o’clock at night, All Four are Shot, no one in the Arms or the Shoulders, but Mortal wounds, …and None of them had Surrendered?
4. #police had #KILLED at orders of #politicos, pure and simple.
5. #encounter Further proves Absolute Uselessness of Indian #courts, who just examine papers, and are NOT delivering #justice in any way.
6. #police totally happy to carry out orders of #politicalmasters.
7. End Result: NO Morals.
Accused Needed MOST severe punishment. But #police story HUMBUG. And police are #KILLERS.
Many Spoke up Against this ‘encounter.’
The Chief judge of India bleated that ‘Instant’ justice is Revenge. …I have Issues on his use of the word ‘instant.’ And this is what I wrote:
1. Chief JUDGE of India, the #cji, ( let’s STOP calling these fellows ‘justice,’ ) said Instance justice is Revenge.
Going on a Side note, he is merely playing with Words. What We want is SPEEDY JUSTICE. When they cannot provide that, let the #judiciary resign and Sell Pakoras.
[ On Pakoras, the prime minister of India, I think, had said at one time that it is Impossible to provide jobs for Everyone, – which is Very True, of course, but the statement carried a Levity about it, going on further to say that people can sell Pakoras, a kind of Indian Street food, mostly made of Gram flour over Onions, fried. ]
Politicians, generally the Most Blase of the lot, have been speaking up; again generally ‘merely’ criticising the ‘ruling’ party.
One Akhilesh Yadav was quite vociferous. On him:
2. #akhilesh is raising his own Drama. It was in ‘his’ time that Two Minor Girls were Burnt and Hung on a tree at Badauni UP, in May 2014, pic attached. …And it was ‘his’ father who had said: #BoysWillBeBoys.
And concluding, the #police are Really working Hard to Prove themselves the Dogs to the Pigs of Animal Farm.
3. #police [ Small case as a mark of Disrespect ], who have been called ‘gorement’ – my own spelling for that, – Gundas, are proving that name Right. #police are Proving they are the #Dogs of the #AnimalFarm. …All this on #Unnao.
@Pontifex_es This post has: ‘Satanists goad Christian right groups with slogans like, “I fucked God and turned him gay.’
1. C’tians being ‘Right’ wing itself is Not Christian.
2. There are TOO many of the ‘Right,’ and All they believe in is HATE.
3. your IT fellows, well paid, of course. WHAT are they doing? Just means they don’t hv instructions to look up such stories.
4. THUNDER, again and again, thro your words, that in Christianity, one human is NOT superior to another.
@VaticanNews and @Pontifex. WHY did He tell them to Open their mouths, risk their lives and Spread the Good News? Would not praying the rosary in the comfort of the chapel been enough?
Vatican News @VaticanNews
#Gospel of the Day (Luke 18,1-8)
“Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.” http://ow.ly/5jt750wKoXi