Loving kindness seems out of vogue in some quarters of our national life.
Some find fault with fellow Americans constantly.
Jesus calls us to always to be loving and kind to each other,
even when we disagree with them on issues.
Easy to say, hard to do isn't it.
In May of 1991, I put a reflection from Forward Day by Day,
by an unknown author, that speaks to this issue.
I have found St. John's to be a loving and kind, blessed community, as Fr. Tom says.
Blessings and love to all. Fr. Jack
John 12.20-3 (Some Greeks ) came to Philip...and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."
Pulpits sometimes have these words-" Sir, we wish to see Jesus" carved upon them
or engraved on a brass plate, a reminder to preachers of what they are supposed be doing.
We might all consider similar engravings on our dashboards, on our telephones,
our typewriters and computers, our front doors - both sides-and other places
(replacing sir where appropriate).
Jesus went on to say to say, "I, when I am lifted up from the earth,
will draw all men to myself." He was looking forward to being lifted on a cross.
If we would show Jesus, again he must be lifted up, this time in what we say and do,
in words and acts of compassion and loving kindness.
Remember the Greeks' request and engrave them on your heart.
Lord Jesus, give us the power to touch the souls of those who have not seen you,
and to open their eyes.