July 7, 2017

My Journey to God

God Why Do You Allow Hatred?

God why do allow hatred in the world?
Did you not create us in your own image?
You made us all of different skin color
On the exterior our bodies appear to be different
On the interior our bodies are just the same
We have the same heart structure
We have the same internal organs
All of our body functions are the same
The only difference is with skin color
Its importance is miniscule and superficial
We worship the same God in different denominations
We have the same hope for salvation
Then why hate someone you do not even know
We hate for all of the wrong reasons
We forget the gift of forgiveness God has given
We are all members of the human race
This commonality should be enough
This hatred is manifested for all the wrong reasons
Love is the anecdote for eradicating hatred
Love of neighbor is what Jesus calls us to do
Minister to the poor and the downtrodden
Labor diligently in the vineyard of the Lord
Hatred will dissipate like rising incense.

By Thomas J. Rillo

(Thomas J. Rillo is a member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bloomington and a Benedictine oblate of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad.)

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