Love, Even When It’s Dangerous

“If I do not perform God’s works, do not believe me;
but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works.”

John 10:38

In spite of everything, I keep my propensity to trust in the goodness of humankind intact. Yes, I realize that there are evildoers among us. The recent bloodshed in El Paso and Dayton provided proof enough for a lifetime. At the same time, I also believe that unsuspecting heroes of every sort have and will continue to rise in the midst of these and multitudes of other tragedies. In similar circumstances, most of us would do the same. So it is that I persist in trusting those I meet along the way until they give me reason not to do so.

Jesus wasn’t at all gullible. He lived in times which rival our own when it comes to our inhumanity toward one another. Jesus knew that some who professed to be religious leaders questioned his motives and the authenticity of his message. Blinded by hatred, this threat to their power over the people was more than they could tolerate. When Jesus assisted the neediest and most marginalized of the people, these kindnesses only added to the angst of the temple hierarchy. They were more angry over Jesus’ association with these allegedly unclean souls than with Jesus’ claim to be God’s son.

In the end, Jesus continued to deliver God’s message of love, forgiveness, inclusion and mercy. Jesus knew that when his enemies saw to his demise, they also ensured his travel home to heaven. Whenever we stand up to the forces of evil in defense of others, we’re ensured of the same.

Loving God, help us to open our hearts generously on behalf of those you have given us to love even when it’s frightening to do so.

©2019 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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“If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me;
but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works.”

John 10:38

“You’re too gullible!” So I’ve been told throughout my life. Nonetheless, I keep my propensity to trust in the goodness of humankind intact. I’m not foolish enough to believe that there are no evildoers among us. Nonetheless, I do believe that in the right circumstances most of us would choose to do good over evil. So it is that I persist in trusting those I meet until they give me reason not to do so.

Jesus was not at all gullible. He knew that those who questioned his motives and the authenticity of his message were blinded by hatred. Jesus’ threat to the status quo had become more than his enemies could tolerate. Though Jesus’ works helped the neediest and most marginalized among them, these kindnesses only added to their angst. It seems the temple hierarchy were more angry over Jesus’ association with those considered unclean than his claim to be God’s son. In the end, Jesus continued to deliver God’s message of love, forgiveness, inclusion and mercy. It mattered little to Jesus that his enemies intended to dispose of him. When Jesus’ enemies ensured his demise, they also ensured his trip home to heaven.

Loving God, thank you for Jesus who revealed your love and extended your friendship to us all. Help us to open our hearts as generously to those you have given us to love.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved