You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
What if we lived those words for just one day?
Today's gospel lesson from Matthew 5:38-48 for Morning Prayer could not be more appropriate. Today is United Nations Peace Day. What if we lived the words of Jesus today in our homes, our neighborhood, our workplace and on the killing fields of the earth? What if the fighting and shooting stopped for just a single day? What would the world look like? Who would live? How might we live the next day?
Today is a good day to start.
Please join us this evening at St. Paul's Memorial Church for a special observance of United Nations Peace Day at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:15 pm and a showing at 7 pm of Jeremy Gilley's film Peace One Day. Here is a brief film about the Peace One Day effort: