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Ezekiel 33:7-9 / Romans 13:8-10 / Matthew 18:15-20

 

You know,

with the pandemic we’re in—

and the isolation it causes. . . .

 

and the division and vitriol

we experience because of our politics. . .

 

and the racial discrimination—

and the violence . . .

 

it’s all taking its toll.

 

The angst we all feel. . .

 

and the anxiety. . . .

 

and the stress. . .

 

and the sometimes depression. . . .

 

I saw a product advertised the other day. . .

that is very revealing

very insightful. . . .

concerning the human condition.

 

The product is a stuffed and weighted doll for kids.

 

The doll is called a “Moon Pal.”

 

It’s meant to be a pal for kids

during these stressful times.

 

The kids feel all of this too,

don’t they. . . .

maybe even more than us.

 

Well these weighted and stuffed dolls

are designed and engineered in a specific way—

 

the arms are just the right weight. . . .

and the arms are just the right length. . . .

to give kids. . . .

hugs.

 

According to the advertising,

these dolls will give kids

the hugs that will save the world.

 

The ad says,

“If trouble arises,

or a child is in need,

[these Moon Pals]

swoop down to Earth and

save the day. . . .

with their hugs.”

 

The advertising says they are

the perfect stuffed animals to help our children

with sleep. . . .

with stress. . . .

and with anxiety.

 

You know this product gives great

insight into humanity.

 

This doll designed to give perfect hugs—

especially when we’re stressed and scared

and we can’t be with others

and touch. . .

and hug . . .

speaks to the human condition.

 

We humans were created for communion. . . .

 

We human desire communion. . .

 

With God. . . .

 

And with each other.

 

We are social creatures. . . .

 

We were—in short. . . .

created for love.

 

That’s how God created us.

 

We were loved into being by God. . .

that’s our origin. . .

 

And that’s also our destiny.

 

Here’s another doll story that

I hope illustrates this point further.

 

This story is not about a stuffed doll

that gives perfect hugs. . . .

 

but about a doll made out of salt. . . .

a salt doll.

 

There once was a salt doll

who journeyed for thousands and

thousands of miles over land,

until it finally came to the sea.

 

The doll of salt

was fascinated by this strange moving mass. . . .

 

by the waves coming in and going out. . . .

 

by its sheer immensity and power.

 

The salt doll had never seen anything

quite like it before.

 

“Who are you?”

said the salt doll to the sea.

 

The sea lovingly replied,

“Come in and see.”

 

So the salt doll slowly waded into the sea.

 

And it felt so home there.

 

And the farther it walked into the sea. . .

the more it dissolved

until there was only very little of it left.

 

Before that last bit dissolved,

the doll exclaimed in wonder. . .

 

“Now I know what I am!”

 

Do you see it!!!

 

Do you see what a perfect story this is for us?

 

We were created by God. . . .

loved into being

 

We were created in the

image and likeness of God. . .

 

so we could people of relationship.

 

And who is God. . . .

God is love. . . .

 

The Trinity is a communion of love.

 

That is our origin. . . .

And that is our destiny.

 

Communion. . .

And love. . . .

With God. . .

And with each other.

 

And the more we allow ourselves

to be immersed in this God of love. . . .

 

the more we realize who we really are . . .

 

“Who are you?”

said the salt doll to the sea.

 

“Come in and see,” the sea said.

 

And before that last bit dissolved,

the doll exclaimed in wonder,

“Now I know what I am!”

 

We came from love. . .

God is love. . .

Love is our true destiny.

 

And isn’t that exactly what St. Paul

was saying in what we just heard. . .

 

Owe nothing to anyone,

except to love one another.. . .

 

All the commandments may be summed up

by saying love one another as yourself.

 

We came from Love. . .

We were made for love. . .

We were made for communion. . .

That is our destiny.

 

That’s why there’s so much angst. . .

That is why there’s so much such anxiety. . .

that is why everybody’s on edge. . . .

 

In our marrow we know something’s off.

 

We weren’t made this way.

 

We weren’t made to be isolated. . .

 

We weren’t made for division. . .

 

We weren’t made for discrimination. . .

 

Something’s not quite right. . . .

and we feel it.

 

We want something different than

what we’re experiencing.

 

And you know what’s at the

heart of today’s Gospel reading

about fraternal correction?

 

If your brother or sister

sins against you first go tell them alone . . . .

 

If that doesn’t work. . . .

bring a few others with you. . . .

 

And if that doesn’t work. . . .

bring them before the community.

 

And may even have to go as far

as exclude them from the community. . . .

 

because there are some actions. . . .

there are some beliefs. . .

that just aren’t compatible with communion. . . .

not compatible with love.

 

But there’s always hope that this fraternal correction. . . .

Done in love. . . .

Done in love. . .

will give them a jolt. . .

that they’ll come to their senses. . . .

they’ll realize who they are. . .

they’ll realize their origin and their destiny. . . .

 

and always. . . .

always with the hope of coming back

into communion. . . .

and union.

 

Jesus knows exactly what He’s doing. . . .

 

Jesus knows our origin . . .

All things were created through Him. . . .

 

Jesus knows our destiny. . . .

The Trinity. . . .

Communion with God and with each other

is what we were created for.

 

It’s just who we are.

 

So with all the chaos going on around us. . .

And being isolated. . . .

And sometimes people just

not being treated right. . .

 

we know something is amiss!

 

And never forget who we are. . . .

 

Never forget what we’re made for. . .

 

And with the help of Jesus. . .

 

Do what He asks us to do. . . . .

 

To bring about communion. . . .

 

To love.

 

Holy Spirit 09/06/2020