Jesus was quite focused in his earthly ministry on the radical idea that God’s kingdom, or reign, is available not only as a future hope, but also as a present reality. It’s a choice we can make now, as forgiven people, to “love the Lord our God with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our strength, and with all our mind; and our neighbor as ourselves.” (Luke 10:27) It’s no wonder, then, that when we see faithful people serving others in need we find ourselves most centered in the hope and promise of what Jesus proclaimed.
Over the past couple of weeks, in the face of devastating destruction meted out by two hurricanes, the images of people crossing lines of class, race and political convictions in order to care for and serve those in need bears witness to the healing power of love. As Paul wrote in 1st Corinthians, love “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” It’s the most powerful force in the world, and the basis of life as God intended for all people.
I think the challenge now is to take what we have learned and observed about love in the midst of these devastating storms, and realize that we can love and care for others even when the sun is out and shining brightly! I think Jesus well understood the awesome power we can unleash in the world when we give ourselves over to love, and act on it.
Grace and Peace,