From a Creighton Student's Perspective
June 27, 2011
Freshman, Finance and Business Management Double Major,
What if there are at least ten there?”-Genesis 18:32
In today’s first reading, Abraham is fighting for the cause of people totally unrelated to him; people he has never met. He is asking God to keep entire cities crawling with sin alive, for the sake of just 10 people.
This passage really made me think. How often do I condemn my brothers and sisters, wishing others living in sin (or who are just difficult to get along with!) would disappear? If I had the opportunity to see others living sinful lives wiped off of the face of the earth, would I be able to not only resist requesting it, but actually fight against it?
Or would I be one of the people living in Sodom or Gomorrah, whose cause Abraham was pleading before the Lord?
Abraham truly loved his neighbor as himself; he loved the stranger. Though these cities were known for everything Abraham stood against, and may one day draw some of his children or children’s children into their temptations, he took the risk for the good he knew existed. He argued with God (an undisputably gutsy move) to keep these cities on the planet; to retain the sin for the sake of the good.
How often do we condemn others, seeing their sin, and refuse to look for the good that we could find; the Christ-like person dwelling amongst the sinful nature we all share? How often do we dismiss others, refusing to see past their mistakes?
How often do we truly choose to love our enemies?
Today, and every day, let us try to find God in others; to try and see the innocence and goodness in each one of our brothers and sisters. Let us work to turn disdain into care; hatred into love.
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