Daily Lectionary Readings for Year B
In these first few days of the new year I find myself in a process of recalibrating. I have cleaned the house thoroughly. I changed the font and color of my emails and archived all of my messages received during the past year. I have put together things I have been meaning to put together, and have taken apart things I have been meaning to take apart. It feels good. Like when your computer has been on for weeks and you finally shut it down completely, let it get a break, and turn it back on again. It's a fresh new beginning.
Jesus reminds us in Luke 6:27-31 that we are not done recalibrating until we love our enemies. Can't I just clean the toilets again?
But of course, Jesus is right. Until we address our unresolved conflict we will never find peace. Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you... Who has made you mad? Whose voice makes you cringe? Who has caused you to stay awake during the night because they have done this or said that? It's a new year. It's a new opportunity to address those conflicts in our lives. A reboot: Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Give someone a call today. Talk with them about that person you consider an enemy. Ask them to help you pray for them, and love them. Allow yourself to breathe in peace, and breathe out anger. It may or may not change them, but it will change you. Deal with the conflict in your life, and live into the Peace of Christ.