Reflection: The Challenge to Love
Today's reflection compliments of Stephanie Wobbe.
September 12 brings the memory of the space
that shockingly sad day. That day and every day, such space begs the question:
On Wednesday, we listened to these words of Jesus:
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well … Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. … But rather, love your enemies and do good to them … Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful.”
When we say “Never forget,” is it coming from a place of honoring those who have died or from a place of revenge? Maybe both places, at least sometimes. Hope lies in the call to love our enemies, which is so very hard.
If what we ultimately desire is peace, what is more disarming than love? Even in the aftermath of horror, may we remember how undeservedly God loves each of us and how we are challenged to love likewise.
on Sunday, September 12 at 12:00AM