Yesterday we talked about remembering that the person you are arguing with on social media is a child of God. Let’s go one step further.
You’re a good Catholic, you understand abortion is murder, you know the difference between what a man and a woman is and you’re not about to compromise your beliefs online, nor are you going to leave the social media field to those who say otherwise.
So of course you clash with people online, you are called names, you are excoriated called a racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobic, transphobic puritanical Nazi. They believe you are Evil and by any standard you they are you enemies.
And what does Jesus say about how we’re supposed to treat our enemies:
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.
In fact we are not only required to love them and pray for them we are required to forgive them. Remember the words of the Our Father
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
So this lent if you find yourself in the middle of a tough argument with someone on line who is abusing you. Stop for a second and pray a Hail Mary for the person you’re arguing with. You’ll not only be helping them, you’ll be helping yourself