“We work for peace every time we exercise authority with
wisdom and authentic love.” – Jean Vanier, Finding Peace, 20th century
If there was a time for peace, I think it would be now. If there were ever a time for
us to work for peace, it most definitely would be now. It seems, in many ways, that
the world is crying out for people willing to live, as Jean Vanier described, with
wisdom and authentic love.
As nearly each of our Threehouse Wednesday worship service closes we call to
mind the words of Micah 6:8 in the Common English Bible “He has told you, human
one, what is good and what the Lord requires from you: to do justice, embrace
faithful love, and walk humbly with your God” or the words we typically use “He has
told you what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and
to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God”
Whether it’s at our job, classroom or with our SO, or even celebrating Homecoming
this week, we can demonstrate wisdom and authentic love in all that we do.
Philippians 2 offers some encouragement “If then there is any encouragement in
Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and
sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being
in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in
humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your
own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in
Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with
God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself.”
Living justly, loving kindness and walking humbly with God undergirds our
welcome to the Shia student group hosting their Muharram celebrations, or our
signs saying in several languages that No Matter Where You Are From, We Are Glad
You Are Our Neighbor. It has led us to host Riverview Center Advocates for a few
years. It supports our plans to host Multi-faith Zone training that we learned about
on our spring NYC Immersion Trip.
This week during Homecoming festivities, you might have opportunities to hang out
with friends where stories will get told. Wisdom and Authentic Love will choose not
to tell stories that bully another. When you have been to some parties or at the
establishments, looking out for others interest will not take advantage of your date.
Do justice and loving mercy probably would not drink until you can’t stand up.
Do have fun. But do also live in a way that the world sees in you a generous, wise
and authentically loving friend. If you’d like to talk, I’m happy to sit and listen.