Lenten Reflections 3rd Thursday of Lent Social Media #2

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Lenten Reflections 3rd Thursday of Lent Social Media #2

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.

Matthew 5:4348

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

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.

Matthew 5:43-48

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