|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on September 22, 2021 at 5:10 PM|
As a new school year has gotten underway, it has been difficult to see the news reports about school board meetings across our nation, where adults are yelling at each other, threatening each other, and even in some cases resorting to violence against each other. We’re also seeing similar behavior in restaurants and other public spaces. These expressions of animus and hostility towards fellow human beings has become far too commonplace in recent months.
In our increasingly polarized context, exacerbated by the politicization of the pandemic, we can all too easily find ourselves drawn into the fray. If we’re completely honest with ourselves, the distance from anger to hatred can be frighteningly short for us.
In the midst of all of this, I keep coming back to a phrase that has recently become a part of my own spiritual discipline toolkit: “choose loving-kindness”. On a daily basis we are presented with opportunities to do just this, especially in the current context. It is another way of saying, “love your neighbor as yourself”, which, of course, is at the core of Jesus’ teachings. It is exemplified in the parable of the Good Samaritan, where a man chooses to set everything else aside and go well out of his way to tend to the needs of a suffering stranger.
As we continue to deal with the divisiveness and polarization of the current moment in our history, I invite you to join me in the spiritual practice of trying to choose loving-kindness – day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment.
Yours in Christ,