Gather Together or Scatter

by James Amodeo

That we may walk in the way of his crossI am blessed living in NYC. The environment and culture makes this an exciting place to reside. Yet, our lives are filled with clamoring people who relish in causing confusion and division amongst us, especially during this election cycle. It can be very overwhelming.

We can easily lose our way to those negative voices around us but today’s passages reminds us of one thing — if we follow God’s plans, our paths will be clear and we will be stronger as a whole. As Jesus said, “Every kingdom divided against itself becomes a desert.” Our focus should be on uniting with each other not fighting. Satan relishes in our conflicts so we must be strong and follow Jesus’ teachings; otherwise, as He states, “whoever does not gather with me scatters.”

Pushing away our Syrian neighbors, building walls between countries, casting away those who are different than us are all examples of our divided house. As suggested in Jeremiah, if we do not learn from the mistakes of the past, then our actions today are worse. Let us fight against the divisiveness around us, learn from our mistakes, find joy in inclusiveness, and unite in our faith.

Thursday, March 03, 2016
Jeremiah 7:23-28
Psalm 95:6-11
Luke 11:14-23