Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard 11th c. Byzantine gospel. Paris, National Library
God surrounds, fills, and blesses each human person with the same abundant love, compassion, and comfort. We don’t have to prove our worth to God. Whenever we show up for God, God is already there with a warm welcome.
Today I will make God’s boundless, unbiased love apparent by treating everyone I encounter with respect and kindness.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
Imagine the knowledge of God’s love, compassion, and forgiveness filling and covering the whole earth. How reverently we would step. How respectfully we would treat each other. How quickly we would help anyone in need. How peaceful our homes, communities, and countries would be.
Am I willing to participate in the kingdom of God—here and now?
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea. Isaiah 11:9
It was of [John the Baptist] that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said: A voice of one crying out in the desert,
Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths. Matthew 3:3
John the Baptist points the way to Jesus, the Compassion of God, the Prince of Peace. How have I pointed the way to compassion and peace today? Will I make the effort to point the way to compassion and peace tomorrow?
Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Isaiah 56:5 (KJV)
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. Luke 13:29
Sometimes I am so quick to judge others by how they look, speak, act, smell. I forget I am in the presence of a child of God, of a more than son or daughter of God. I forget I am looking at God’s image and likeness of goodness and love. I forget to look with my own eyes focused in goodness and love.
Jesus tells me that people from every corner of the earth come to be in God’s presence. Jesus tells me to love my neighbor as myself, to let go of fear, to forgive my enemies, and to do good to those who hurt me.
Today I am going to make a commitment to remember to look beyond surface idiosyncracies and treat all people with kindness and compassion.