At noon SLT today, Sunday September 11 2011, we gathered in the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life to remember the events of ten years ago and to pray for peace. Though governments may go to war to right wrongs, in the end that’s not a policy that actually solves the problem. It costs more lives and perpetuates hatred. Jesus’ way is far more costly to each of us in a way that’s closer to us than a distant war fought in our name. It’s a battle to give up our right to revenge and instead to forgive anyone who harms us in any way. It’s the way that Jesus taught and the way that he lived. It’s a challenge but brings us freedom and abundant life.
The readings for the day were Psalm 103:1-13, Genesis 50:15-21, Matthew 18:21-35. My reflection follows: