Psychologist Alfred Adler once put an ad in the paper for his Fourteen-Day Cure Plan. He claimed that he could cure anyone of any emotional or mental disorder in just fourteen days. One day, an extremely lonely woman came to him for advice. He told her that if she would do as he said, she would be cured of her loneliness in a mere fourteen days. “What do you want me to do?” she asked. Adler replied, “If you will do something for another person every day for two weeks, your loneliness will be gone.” The woman objected: “Why should I do anything for someone else?” To which the psychologist replied, “Well, in your case, it may take a month.”
Christ our Lord has given us a lifetime prescription plan, and it is the ultimate cure: “Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also must love one another. By this love, you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples” (John 13:34-35).
We show the depth of our love for God in the depth of our love for one another. If our concern for our brothers and sisters is shallow, so too is our love for God. And it matters not how often we withdraw to Church and offer words of praise and thanks and love to God. Those words won’t mean a thing unless they are indicative of a change of heart toward our neighbor. For whatever may be troubling us, “Love one another” is our simple prescription this week, this month, and every year of our lives.
In today’s Gospel Lesson, the Parable of the Last Judgment, Jesus presents us with a vision of Himself that gets to the heart of what our life on earth is all about—How do we achieve wholeness of life? How do we get to know who we are and what we ought to be doing? How do we achieve fulfillment as human beings? How do we achieve a deep sense of our life’s worthwhileness and purposefulness?
Some years ago, the “Wall Street Journal” ran a full-page treatment which sounded very much like a modern-day application of today’s Gospel—How important are you?” the article began… “More than you think. A rooster minus a hen equals no baby chicks. Kellogg minus a farmer equals no corn flakes. If the nail factory closes what good is the hammer factory? Paderewski’s genius wouldn’t have amounted to much if the piano tuner hadn’t shown up. A cracker-maker will do better if there’s a cheese maker. The most skillful surgeon needs the ambulance driver who delivers the patient. Just as Rodgers needed Hammerstein, you need someone and someone needs you.
Indeed, someone needs every one of us. And the sooner we get in on this prescription for living the good life, the sooner we will get the cure for whatever is ailing us. Truly, as we did it to one of the least of our brothers and sisters, we did it for our Lord. Right here and right now, Jesus is in our midst asking, “Do you love other people?” And then He says, “No, don’t bother telling Me how you feel about them. Tell me what you are doing for them. Love is something you do.” And that’s our Divine Prescription!
PEACE AND BLESSINGS!
We hope we see you at the Rio Theater at 2:00 PM on Sunday as we screen Lesson 6: A Body both Suffering and Glorious: The Mystical Body of Christ and the Church, from the epic series CATHOLICISM by Rev. Robert E. Barron, Rector/President of Mundeleine Seminary in Chicago. Fr. Barron has taken a production team around the world and as he lectures us on the theology of our church, he illustrates the applications of this theology in cathedrals, churches, schools and festivals around the world. Fr. Barron invites us to a civilized argument about religion, and tells us not to be “beige” Catholics but rather to enjoy and celebrate the rich and colorful traditions of our faith as we evangelize to the world. The beautiful metaphor of the Tree of Life is seen above in the mosaic of the apse of the 12th century church of St. Clemente, Rome. (source: http://deathofjesus.wordpress.com/weston/san-clemente/) Fr. Barron is a systematic theologian who is at ease with the art treasures of the church and illumens their meaning for us. It’s really a beautiful production to enjoy!