And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24From Christian pulpits all around the world today, prayers were once again offered up for those who have been touched by terrorism. Followed by prayers for protection from evil and the freedom to live in peace and love.
While we live here on earth we are vulnerable to all of the evil humans are prepared to visit upon each other, in equal measure to none Christians.
The lectionary scriptures this week build upon the foundation that through Christ's sacrifice all other sacrifices for our evil ways have become unnecessary - no sacrilegious, for only through Christ's sacrifice will Christians sin be "remember no more. And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary." Hebrew 10:17-18.
The scriptures then awaken in us the need to help each other in times of evil to not loose hope continuing to interact with each other and all of God's creation through love and good deeds.
Revenge, payback, vengeance, spite, reprisal, etc., are not be how we respond, yet we are human and fear, vulnerability, and grief drive us emotionally in just that direction. As individuals we lash out against a faceless evil, and knowing this our Father in heaven demands that in just such times as these that we gather together with other Christians "spurring one another on toward love and good deeds." That is continuing to respond in love we become as star in the night sky, shining through the darkness.
How are you and your Christian community spurring each other on to good deeds in light of the terrorism that is infecting our world?
Lectionary Scriptures Daniel 12:1-3 Psalm 16 Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25 Mark 13:1-8