If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? ~Psalm 130:3
Headed toward the last of the stations of the cross, we pilgrims pass beneath a high window where some schoolgirls cluster. We can see them, wearing their school uniforms. The girls toss water balloons on us and yell: “It’s disgusting!” I stop and call up to them. “What’s disgusting?” They gesture toward the 4-foot cross carried by our leaders. “Your cross makes me want to vomit!” Splat goes another water balloon. My mother-heart is simultaneously full of love for them, and also the urge to punish them. I wonder what Jesus would think, or say, about this interaction.
Has your religious upbringing ever told you who to love and who to hate?
Prayer: O Lord, forgive them, and forgive me, for we are all blind and foolish.