Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Love is patient,
love is kind.
We’re in a series of reflections based on St. Paul’s Ode to Love (I Cor. 13)
This is also about transforming America.
You’ve seen the bumper sticker that says, “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
We would transform America inside out if we just were a little more kind to the people we meet each day.
A smile to the store clerk instead of a scowl.
A wave to our neighbor.
A quick phone call or email to say simply to a friend, “You’re thought of, loved and prayed for.”
A thumbs up sign to the homeless man on the street corner.
My mother was very harsh with me when I was a child. There was a lot of yelling in my boyhood home. So parents and brothers and sisters can think about the kindness issue as well.
And then there’s brash rudeness. I get quite upset when someone answers a phone call of mine with a curt email because they don’t want to talk to me.
And then there’s texting. How much rudeness and downright hurtfulness is spread over the internet?
The more technology we have to communicate with it seems the less we communicate.
And I have had my own inner work to root out that kind of unkindness, even rudeness, from my own behavior. There have been times that I was so angry with company greed that I had the store clerk in tears. It helped me realize I had a lot of improvement to do in this area. With God’s grace that’s happening. I have made it a point to transform myself more and more to be kind to everyone even and especially those who are not kind to me. And I examine myself on this at day’s end.
That’s what Paul is getting at:
Let’s just be kind to one another.
It will transform America.
priest / writer