Pastor Reflections

I am writing this on Good Friday, and so fresh in my ears is the new commandment that Jesus gives to his disciples on Maundy Thursday: "Love one another. As I have loved you, you should also love one another." Then Jesus adds, "35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." ( )

Of all the commandments, Jesus saves the best and hardest to achieve for last. Let's 'fess up, people are hard to live with and hard to love. Even the best among us are at times unthinking, uncaring, and callous. Reconciliation of torn and tattered ties that bind us together is arduous and painful work.

Jesus calls his followers to forgiveness. There's nothing easy about it. It's difficult to acknowledge our faults and ask for forgiveness. It is costly to put aside how we have been hurt and grant forgiveness.

Given the challenging task of reconciliation, I am heartened by the large number of Takoma Park Presbyterian members and friends who have participated thus far in the training events, and who have committed to the next steps. I sincerely hope people will stick around for the healing sessions that are scheduled for May. How well this process will affect a true reconciliation in our community remains unknown, but what is undoubtedly true is the firm commitment present here to work toward a better and healthier Takoma Park Presbyterian Church.

Let us together aspire toward fulfilling the new commandment Jesus gave to his disciples at the Last Supper. Let us love one another. "35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

Pastor Jim



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