The following link will bring you to a video from Yahoo news. It is about a homeless man from El Paso who was caught on camera commiting an act of patriotism.
Things like that make me wonder. Are we still saying the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning before school begins? If we are, are we saying it with patriotic and spiritual overtones? After all, we are still “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all…” right?
The Pledge is our unifying force in teaching the Gospel within a democratic society. In fact, democracy and Catholicism are not all that different. Democracy is closer to God than any other governing system created by man. Think about it, what other Trinitarian force has the power to create laws, enforce them, and declare them just? The legislative, executive and judiciary branches have a lot in common with the Christian belief in one God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The only difference is that God remains perfect while our human institutions, no matter how similar, remain flawed.
The man in the video proves to us that it is only through humility that we can remain one United States. The only way to receive this grace is through God, under which our government, our patriotism and ourselves must remain.
Let’s think about that the next time we say the Pledge with our students.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!