Daily Office Readings for Saturday in the Week of the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany: Year 2
“Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)
Sometimes seeking peace is hard to do. Some people act as if they don’t want peace. As hard as it might be, listening is probably the one (although sometimes painful) thing we can do to soften ourselves, and the other, in order that we might begin the process to establishing some sort of peace.
When we listen, we learn. We might learn that we were right all along about the stubbornness and ignorance of the other person. But, listening might also bring about learning the fears and misunderstanding that the other harbors. When we listen, we learn.
Learning brings about some degree of understanding. Learning casts light on the darkness of misunderstanding. It’s hard to remain harsh to a person when we fully understand what the argumentative problems are, when we see the issue from their perspective. When we understand we become more tolerant. When we become more tolerant we shift into feeling the concern of the other and a little compassion seeps in and love for the other begins to develop.
Listening, learning and loving takes place in pursuit of peace. The grace of God follows the peace of God. And it is the peace God that our Lord Jesus intentionally shares with us if we will but accept it. This truly makes us a holy people. And how do we seek holiness? Holiness has to be freely given by God as grace. As you read this, may the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always so that with God’s grace you may see the Lord in Spirit and in Truth.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John