I don’t know what to say and I am not alone. There are only so many ways to write “Love each other” before we all start sounding like a Beatles songs, after they started doing the hallucinogenics.
So instead, I want to show you something.
In the Catholic church, we use a lectionary for the readings at church. The lectionary is a book that has all the Bible scripture readings laid out for both the weekday masses and Sunday masses. The Sunday masses work on a 3 year cycle, called A, B and C. In year A, our gospel comes mostly from Matthew. Year B we read mostly from Mark and chapter 6 of John. In year C, we read mostly from Luke.
This was all set down long time ago. Like, long, long time ago. In some Christian churches ministers choose their readings based on current events. Not us. Catholics have this thing with tradition.
Maybe you’ve noticed.
Anyway, 2016 is a year C. We’re reading a lot of Luke in Ordinary time, which what we call all the time that is not Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter.
Remember, these readings are pre-ordained. Back and back.
These have been the Gospel readings the last three weeks.
The first one, two days before the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, is when Jesus sends His disciples out in twos and tells them to be bringers of peace wherever they enter.
The second one—last weekend, after the killing of the police officers in Dallas—was the parable of the Good Samaritan.
This week, after Nice and the killing of the police officers in Baton Rouge, was the story of Martha and Mary.
And next week, the reading is Luke 10:1-13, when Jesus gives his disciples the Lord’s Prayer in response to one of them asking “Lord, teach us how to pray”.
Bring peace. Help, regardless of race or creed. Listen. Pray.
Some will call this coincidence. It’s not, though.
It’s what we need, when we need it, if we have the courage to listen and believe.