On a Treasure Hunt

On a Treasure Hunt

In my last blog  I wrote of a bullying incident that occurred at our local park. As disturbing as it was to witness that act of violence, that evening took a positive turn—one that reinforces the purpose of our existence: seeing each other as a child of God and learning to love one another as we do ourselves.

Soon after I sat down to watch my two adult sons play co-ed baseball with the rest of my family, a young man came over to us and sat down to talk while his dad played as pitcher for the opposing team. The young man’s name was Alex. He has Down Syndrome. He captivated us with his lively stories, and tugged at our heart strings when he started to cry as he recounted the recent death of his grandfather. 

Alex reminds me very much of a young man in our parish, Jake. During Mass on Sundays we watch Jake as he makes the rounds during the Sign of Peace, walking up and down the aisles to shake the hands of all those whom he can stretch to reach. And after receiving Communion, Jake will hug the priest and lovingly pat those he knows on the way back to his seat.  Both of these boys radiate pure, unadulterated love.

Jesus commanded us to love one another. Yet all too often these days we see so many people who are alienated from their loved ones or friends because of another’s refusal to forgive and to begin to love again. If there is one family member or friend who is torn apart by someone else’s unwillingness to forgive, than that is one too many.  

Our priest summed up his homily this past Sunday by reminding us that we are all on a treasure hunt for love. But we don’t have to look any further than our own backyards. For that pure love comes from our families, our friends, our community and even in the hearts of the strangers we meet. We just have to open our eyes to see that it’s been there all along.

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Photo by: Tomasz Markowski

 
 

About the Author

Sharon Lape is an editorial assistant in the periodicals department at Franciscan Media. She also researches and provides content for the popular Minute Meditations feature. Sharon is a wife and a mother of four children.
 
 
 
  • Kathy Wandstrat

    That pretty much says it all…love one another….unconditionally!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Monna-Younger/100000470635567 Monna Younger

    Sharon: An absolutely lovely well written blog. Congratulations! It touched my heart. If Jake is at a mass that I am attending I see the love he radiates by his very loving being.  And, so many families are being threatened by the devil today by unforgiveness of something that happened that really should not destroy families. I especially liked this part of your blog, “Jesus commanded us to love one another. Yet all too often these days we see so many people who are alienated from their loved ones or friends because of another’s refusal to forgive and to begin to love again. If there is one family member or friend who is torn apart by someone else’s unwillingness to forgive, than that is one too many.”  Life is short and by forgiving others we can better pray the prayer our Lord taught us to pray.

  • Bobby Younger

    That’s nice but if you all ready have love and can forgive others for their trespasses against you,how will that make the one without love or forgiveness change their heart ? Granted that if you spread God’s love it can be contagious,but their are some people so full of pride that they may not accept our love and forgiveness….So in the long run we must worry about our own souls  and relationship with our Father…Yes love one another  ( it comes naturally for some ) but don’t look for your love to change everybody….

  • Jpinotti

    Love, love, love it….great blog!  And, I love you, my wonderful friend!  :)