These verses from St. Luke go right to the very heart of Jesus’s teachings about non-violence. When someone bullies or hurts you, there is a quick urge to do something to get back—something to hurt the other person. Jesus invites us to stop, wait, feel the pain both in the heart and in the body. Take a deep breath. Look up at the sky. Picture Jesus on the cross who did not strike back when he was tortured and put to death. This act of Jesus has sent out a wave of grace into the universe, into our own hearts. By this grace, we do not have to fight back, but are given an even greater power than violence—it’s the power to love. Pray for the one who makes him or her to see you as an enemy. By grace we can have compassion for those who hurt us. Pray for him or her…it will help you to love.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Praying instead of fighting
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
This is the Eighth Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north. Year C
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…