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The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy. — Psalm 126:3
Mass Readings: Isaiah 43:16-21/Philippians 3:8-14/John 8:1-11
A friend recently forwarded me a news story about a group of gay-rights activists who planned a protest outside a North Carolina church. Upon hearing of the event, the church’s pastor extended a warm welcome to the protesters, encouraging them to “come in good numbers,” so he and other church members could greet them. On the day of the protest, activists were met with bottled water, snacks, and warm conversation. They left shortly thereafter, saying the church members were “too nice to deserve a protest.”
Like the Pharisees in today’s Gospel, this pastor could have chosen to hurl judgment. But instead, he chose to love. After all those years at the pulpit, he’s figured out an important truth: It’s impossible to embrace God’s people when your arms are full of stones.
Prayer: God of Mercy, when I’m tempted to judge others, help me to choose love.
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