Dear Fellow Parishioners,
I share with you today a story by Mike Jordan Laskey that I read in the December 29, 2016 National Catholic Reporter:
In a recently aired episode of the radio show "This American Life," writer Jack Hitt tells a
story about explaining Christmas to his 4-year-old daughter. One day,
when she asked him what the holiday was about, he told her about the
birth of Jesus, which piqued her curiosity. They bought a children's
Bible, and she learned about Jesus's birth and his teachings, including
that old-fashioned-sounding phrase, "Do unto others as you would have
them do unto you."
One day, they drove past a big church with an enormous crucifix out
front. "Who is that?" she asked. Hitt realized he had never told her
that part of the story.
"So I had this sort of, 'Yeah, oh, well, that's Jesus. And I forgot
to tell you the ending. Yeah, well, he ran afoul of the Roman
government,' " Hitt recalls. "This message that he had was so radical
and unnerving to the prevailing authorities of the time that they had to
kill him. They came to the conclusion that he would have to die. That
message was too troublesome."
A few weeks after that Christmas, her preschool was closed for Martin
Luther King Jr. Day, so Hitt skipped work and took her out to lunch. At
their restaurant table was the arts section of the local newspaper,
which featured a huge drawing of Martin Luther King by a local kid.
"Who's that?" she asked.
He tells her King was a preacher who said, "You should treat everybody the same no matter what they look like."
She thought about that for a moment. "Well, that's what Jesus said," she replied.
Hitt says he had never thought of it this way, but yeah, that's pretty much what "Do unto others" is all about.
She thought for another moment, then looked up at her father and said, "Did they kill him, too?"
Yours in Christ,