Fr. Rich Vitale
The reason for this is simple. We must be one Body of Christ. If we are the laborers in God's vineyard, we cannot do His work if we are dysfunctionally divided over a handful of imaginary differences. Imagine if all the world, every person of every stripe, agreed today that we were going to care for the hungry. There would be no hunger tomorrow. Imagine if every person of every stripe came together and said "I will not commit violence against my sister or brother." We'd live in a violence free world tomorrow. Until we all come together, the Kingdom of God will be incomplete here on Earth. You might say "But the Muslims are our enemies, they want us dead." Yes, some radical muslims do, and those radical muslims may plot acts of violence, But don't some Christians also perpetrate violence? Sometimes it seems that Crime and Violence are the only things in this world that do not know racial or religious boundaries. But if we look back through history, we can see a clearer picture. The mother of violence is social injustice. If we work for freedom, fairness, and justice for all, regardless of human divides, we can stamp out systemic violence. We know that Jesus is the Vine, and we are the Branches. Let us work prayerfully together to nourish and grow the Tree of Life.