Diversity Team of Good Shepherd
“You have heard it said ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy’ But I tell you: Love your enemies…that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good.” Matthew 5:43-45
The freedom of Jesus is evident in his making no claims for himself. He was free of any need for status. He was free from anxiety, and above all, free for his neighbor. He is described as compassionate for those who suffered, open to all whom he met, willing to associate with those whose company was avoided by respectable people. He was free to give himself to others, whoever they were. He was put to death for being this kind of man in the midst of fearful and defensive others.
Pray with us: Merciful God, help us to claim the life-changing love of Jesus Christ for all people. Amen