The Beginning (John 1: 1-5)

“In the beginning, God created the heaven and earth.”

In the end, man became idiots and decided that holy men should not talk about the importance of saving the Earth.

The First DayLight

“The first day, God said, “Let there be light:  and there was light.   And God saw the light, that it was good:  and God divided the light from the darkness.”

Once separated from the light, the idiots decided it was easier to remain in the dark so they wouldn’t have to see what they had done to their land.

The Second Day: Firmament

“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.  And God called the firmament Heaven.”

Those who remained in the dark didn’t know what the hell heaven was, for they were afraid of the light and wore blinders in fear of seeing the light.

The Third Day: Dry Ground

“And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.” 

Those who chose blinders were way over their heads and unable to see that sacred ground existed. Instead, they tossed their trash out the windows and painted graffiti on national monuments just to say they did.

The Fourth Day: Sun, Moon, Stars

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 “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven  to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.” 

The blinder beings became so unable to see that they didn’t realize the ozone was thinner, the clouds more wicked, the seas more treacherous, and the lands more fragile.  They ignored the floods, the droughts, destruction of hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, and tsunamis.  They overlooked the extreme hot and cold as well as the vital warnings from both earth and leader: they truly believed nothing was changing and most certainly that they had no part in it.  In fact, they never even looked toward the stars because the light and beauty dumbfounded them and even hurt even their shaded eyes.

The Fifth Day: Fish and Birds

“And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.  And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

Blinder bozos shot the fowl that flew and harpooned those that moveth by sea, feeding their rounded bellies whilst wasting the rest due to their overzealous greed.

The Sixth Day: Creatures on Land

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.” 

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth…..And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”

The only problem was that somehow the blinder beings snuck in line to become man and went on to populate the earth.  They remained in darkness and bred more blinder beings, who eventually bred their own.  God no longer thinks all is good, but knows even in his immense powers that only the darkened souls can awaken to their inner light.  He only hopes it happens before it is too late to save what was so sacredly created.

And so it is.

popeI’m truly sorry if I have offended anyone in the process of showing how ludicrous it is to forbid the Pope from talking about climate change, acknowledging how badly we are treating the earth, and how un-Christ-like it is to unlovingly live off of our host planet.  I am not one to mess with politics since there is so little “light” involved, however, it is a completely unconscious statement to say that the Pope—the one who is supposedly the closest person to God, cannot speak the truth about what is happening in our world.  What is sad and disheartening to me is that there are so many who don’t, can’t, or won’t see what a contradictory statement they are making by keeping the Pope out of global politics.  In my mind, he’s right where he should be since the actual events going on around us every day don’t seem to be getting enough people’s attention.  If anyone thinks our planet is healthier than it was 20 years ago, then we might as well all count to three and hit the Big Red Button (BRB as known in the nuclear world) because we are unarguably moving in the wrong direction in terms of protecting our precious planet.

I’m not applauding what is happening in the news—the acts of racial hatred, the sex abuse scandals perpetrated by public leaders, the corruption that is surfacing in many corporations and even in our government, the slurs thrown at same-sex couples who are finally getting the right to love one another the way others have had the opportunity forever more, and the many jokes and cruel comments being made to those brave enough to change their genders to live more authentically and happily within their skin.  But I am hopeful that perhaps, just perhaps, our consciousness will someday transcend the human need to remain in the dark.  All of the darkness that floods the digital waves has to bubble to the top in order to get to the light.  I just want to live long enough to see it happen.

As a psychologist, I’ve always said we don’t change until we get tired enough of ourselves or our situation.  How bad does it have to get before racism, sexism, abuse, environmentalism, and any other “ism” is a thing of the past?

Estimates show that 1.254 billion people around the world are Catholic.  That is a higher number of followers than any world leader, president, or prime minister and that doesn’t even include those who believe in what the Pope is saying but aren’t even a member of the Catholic faith.   If the Pope can’t get people’s attention, then I’m not sure who in our human race will.

I grew up Catholic but don’t practice it now.  However, for Christ and Earththe first time in my life, I’m watching a person open up the world by simply being as Christ-like as any other man I’ve seen.  Christ turned heads and even pissed people off.  But he remains the most influential human to date.  Pope Francis is doing the same.  He is loving.  He turns the other cheek.  He includes, not excludes.  He listens and responds, doesn’t ignore and react.  He is humble, not arrogant.  He’s simple, not frivolous.  He’s brave, not weak.  He’s wise, not ignorant.  In my world, he compares much more closely to the Christ figure I came to know than anyone I’ve known so far.

So, if you’re going to pick on the Pope, you’re pretty much picking on God.  Francis was created in his likeness, just like each and every one of us.  The only difference is, he’s living it.  Can you say the same?  I, for one, am still working on that one.