Why are we not afraid? The human race implodes upon itself. We destroy ourselves, our families, our institutions, our nations and our planet. Yet there is no panic. We should be terrified. This is a great denial. This is a tremendous shame as we hide our head in the sand and expect our children and their children to clean up our mess.

Look around, look at the signs. Open your eyes and see, or even better, embrace reality. Things are going bad. So what do we do? Cry out in despair? Maybe there is no other answer, but instead, I say, we must show excellence.

I don’t mean perfection, but rather doing our best to improve our environment. We must look for every means to heal. The sickness of our planet is a manifestation of the sickness of our race. We must provide compassion in abundance. We must look to love as Christ loved. Only this radical response will change things concretely. We are infinitely limited in doing the “right thing”, but we might save everyone if we love enough.

If we rely on technology, science, elections and government to fix our problems then we will get what we deserve. But if we look to heal ourselves and our families we will consume less. The answer to a healed planet is a healed human heart.

So we look to Jesus for inspiration. He showed us the most excellent way. If we love enough we won’t spend so much on pills and drugs and booze and diversion and more things to fill the emptiness in our soul. We will be content with less since we will have everything. Go forth to your family, your work and your community and make amends. Be ready at all times with a kind word and compassion so that your loved ones do not look to the dollar to soothe their pain. Listen and hear them.

Let Jesus in to heal your pain as well. We can’t do it on our own. This is our failure and our shame. The arrogance to think we can solve all things without God, without faith. That’s the answer then… Be Excellent. Excellent in love.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

(1 Cor 13)