Today we saw a funny Catholic meme. This isn’t unusual because we love checking out Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for these hilarious images. It’s a nice break from the daily routines we all have here at The Catholic Gift Shop. The meme from today played off the “Share a Coke” campaign that you’ve probably seen this summer. We thought it sent a really great message.
The Biblical passage it refers to is Romans 12:20, which reads “Therefore if your enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing you shall heap coals of fire on his head.” We tried to put this into perspective. Sharing something (a Coke, a few bucks, a smile, a prayer, a Snickers bar, etc.) with your friends isn’t that difficult. They’re your friends after all, and you like them.
Sharing something with an enemy is quite different though. Why would somebody want to do that? Well, maybe they’ll become a friend, or at least a non-enemy, through your kind gesture. Admittedly, we realize that’s a bit of a wishful thinking. This is an enemy after all, but it doesn’t hurt to dream!
Even if that doesn’t happen, showing them kindness means acting as God wants us to. In Matthew 5: 43-48 we are urged to, “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you that you may be children of your Father in heaven”. Your kind gesture might not provoke a similarly kind response from this enemy, but it’ll mean you’re remaining strong on the path to righteousness. We do kind things because of the way they make us feel, not because of what we anticipate in return.
The next chance you get, share something with an enemy. Whether it is, in fact, a can of Coke or maybe just a smile, we guarantee it’ll leave you with a good feeling inside. Most people think memes are a fun distraction from work or responsibility, but sometimes we can take a real lesson away from them.
By the way, the meme shared above came from an Instagram account called Catholic Teen Posts. You can check out their other memes and pictures here: http://instagram.com/catholic_teen_posts