Whoever is not with me is against me; whoever does not gather with me scatters. Matthew 12:30 Whoever is not against us is for us. Mark 9:40
If you are not for Jesus, you are against him. If you are not against him, you must be a member of his camp, so are for him. I envy the Amish lifestyle. It is simple and everyone looks out for everyone else. When outsiders come in and attack them, they are quick to forgive. The Amish may not be Catholic, but they are with us. They gather to the Christian faith.
Jesus continues, “Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will surely not lose his reward.” James continues, “Let him show his works by a beautiful life. The wisdom from above is first pure, peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and noble fruits, without inconstancy or insincerity. The fruit of Tzadic/charity/justice is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace.” This is the Christian lifestyle.
Jesus continues, “”Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to deviate, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck…” This address is for John in each of us. When we condemn someone not Catholic, … we cause the little one, the Non-Catholic/Christian preaching in God’s name to deviate from the true faith. It would be better for all of us if we sleep with the fishes.
James continues, “Come, rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries….” James speaks of those who do not rely upon the indwelling spirit coming from Eucharistic participation. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. This presupposes a faith mountain. The water of the four rivers flowing from Eden represented in our mural represent our faith. The Eucharist flows down like the rivers.Amos 5:24
James says, “Faith, if it does not have works, is dead; “Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works.” Mass is short for “Mitte Est,” “Let us depart to know and serve Kyrie.” It represents how we live our faith after we leave Mass. Faith comes from the Hebrew, “Ameth.” “A,” In Hebrew is upside down and represents the horns of leadership. “M” is the Hebrew letter of the alphabet, and represents baptism. “T,” is in the shape of the cross, and is the last letter of the alphabet. Together, they represent the Alpha and the Omega. They represent being in tune with God, the world, and all in it. This, faith, produces works.
We need a faith built upon love of God, reaching out through works to all those who work to make the world a better place.Whoever is not against us is for us, including Muslim and Jew. If people are not willing to make the world a better place, “Whoever is not with us is against us, whoever does not gather, scatters.”