Written on Thursday, June 8, 2017
The media made sure we knew it was coming. The big Senate hearing of the past FBI Director, reporting on his meeting with the President.
And so it came. The careful questions. The discussions about words, and what they meant. The President had said, "I hope you'll go easy on... he's a good guy."
What did "I hope" mean? Was it a wish, a suggestion, or a direction?
Was the inference criminal, or simply inappropriate? The Speaker of the House said later of the President, "He's new at this. He's never held political office before. He doesn't understand all the culture and traditions of Washington...
Interpreters of the meaning of words will hold forth perhaps for days to come. Politicians say, "the American people have a right to know." They do, but will there be one clear understanding? Or will there be two, or maybe more, views, according to one's already arrived-at conclusion?
My question is a faith one, a pastoral one. Can we ever come together? What are the ways in which people find each other? Who, in all the world points a path toward coming together, toward reconciliation?
There is only One in all the world. And we know Him. We have read Him and studied Him. His words are immortal, timeless. He is Jesus. He is already our Friend. He calls us friends. We already belong to Him. And that tie, that relationship, is more precious, more profound, than any other tie we have in life. Far more important to us than any political relationship.
What way does Jesus offer? He says "a new commandment I have for you. Love one another." Just that - Love one another.
So, our first work is the work of finding ways to love each other. Loving these leaders who are so critical to our national life, the President -- and his detractors.
That means trying to see the good, praying for a good heart to grow in all people. Putting the best face on it all, that we can.
That will take forgiveness. "Forgive each other," Jesus says, "as God has forgiven you." Make way for second chances, for new beginnings. Believing we can go forward, together.
Be makers of peace. Back away from being a hater. Look to the heart of all these leaders, on every side.
I would say, from our own reconciliation work: WASH THEIR FEET. In your heart bow before them - even the betrayers - and wash their feet. Show your love. Show your Lord's love. That will change them.
Try being always on the side of peace. Being always the one offering love - the crucified love of Jesus.
What a hard path. How impossible it sounds. But we know it works. It has worked for 2000 years. It can still work.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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