Thursday, November 28, 2013

Romans 13:11-14

Year A - Advent 1 - Needed Change [1]
December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving has become a day of attempted satiation. We stuff ourselves with every manner of thing in hopes of being fulfilled. However, every rule we set up about how we will know we are cared for, falls apart on the rocks of an actual relationship. Eventually we confess that food will not satisfy. Then, another year later, we try it again.

It turns out that Paul shares with us this Thanksgiving sentiment:

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law - the doing away with the law. 

So, first, do no harm.

Of course hot on the heels of this is a need to actually do some good. In American politics it is immigration that best reveals how far from a communal thanksgiving we are. Our immigration policies and lack of reform both do harm and refrain from doing good. In other places this will be revealed differently.

For now, be thankful you are still able to hope that Neighb*rs will love one another. Then, take a deep breath for you know that this love has no other better starting place than with you.

Thanks for giving your love away. Love is law fulfilled and set aside.

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