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Treating People Bad

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." (Genesis 1:27)

Discussion

Are you treated badly?

We treat and protect animals and plants better than we treat humans. There is a huge hue and cry for the extinction of different species but not for the pinnacle of God's creation Homo sapiens. In the name of abortion, mercy killings and wars millions of people are breathing their last in their budding years. Also, different kinds of natural calamities and diseases take their toll on human lives as well. There is no guarantee that, in this turmoil, the human race will survive. Is this is the final stage of extinction?

Without man, what is the meaning of art and artifacts, science and technology? Science says that at least 4% of our DNA is entirely different from the closest species to man - Chimpanzee. We are the reflection of God's glory. Our entire self reflects God's image. We have the ability to reflect God's character in our love, patience, forgiveness, kindness, and faithfulness. If at times, you feel worthless or of little value, remember that God made you for a good reason to reign on everything, not to be ruled. You are valuable to Him.

In the celebration of the 50th anniversary of India's independence, Mother Teresa wrote, "When I look around our country, the land that God has given to each one of us to call our home, I see so much of his blessings and goodness: the smallest flower, the tallest trees, the rivers, the plains and mountains. But where do we find most the beauty of our country? We find it in each man, woman and child." One day she picked up a bundle from the street. "It looked like a bundle of clothes that somebody had left there, but it was a child. Then I looked closely: the legs, hands, everything was crippled. No wonder someone had left him like that. But how can a mother who did that face God? But one thing I can tell you; the mother a poor woman had left the child like that, but she didn't kill the child. This is something that we have to learn from our women, the love for the child."

Ill-treatment of life in any forms is despicable. Preserve the unique creation of God - human beings. Make a pledge never ever knowingly and unknowingly ill-treat anybody.

Prayer

Jesus, Save your lovely creation. Let those who are ill-treated and vandalized be protected. Let the perpetrators be brought to justice. Give a fresh new life to those who are lost. We ask this in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

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