April 1st Lenten Devotion

Love, Justice, and Peace

Andrea Allan

Matthew 12:22-32

If you are not with me, then you are against me. How often we have heard these words used to force us into a choice that we know is wrong. It is a favorite phrase of politicians who want us to go against what we know is right, to go against our core beliefs of love and peace and justice.

Jesus faced much opposition and supposed leaders who took great joy in pointing out their perceived faults of Jesus and his leadership. Today in our reading Jesus has had enough and he faces against the Pharisees to tell them what awaits them if they do not listen to Jesus’ teachings.

Quite often Jesus is painted as a mild, friendly guy, who spreads joy and peace everywhere he goes. Today we are reminded that it is good to speak out against those who simply want to stand back and be a bully in the face of true love and justice for all. Today, Jesus’ words remind us that is it good to stand up against the bullies who would rather steal hope and joy from others. Our society often dissuades us from showing our anger, we have Jesus as our example of when it is right and just to use our anger to show the truth. Jesus reminds us this day and every day to stand up for our beliefs of love and peace and justice for all.

Action:Today, why not stand up against hate and injustice using the righteous anger Jesus shows us. Fight for those without a voice and call the bullies to account for their wrongdoings. Who around you is being bullied and how can you stand up for them today?

  

Rev. Andrea Allan is a United Church of Canada minister in Southern Ontario.  She lives with her husband and daughter in Stratford Ontario.

 

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