Good Morning, God
We are always asking ourselves . . . well we try, God . . . What would Jesus do? The answer, of course, varies on who is asking the question. Then it came to me. We CAN ask what would St. Francis do — because we know historically what he DID do!
In 1219 — during the Fifth Crusade — St. Francis crossed enemy lines to gain an audience with Malik al-Kamil, the Sultan of Egypt. The two discussed war, peace and faith.
I have bought the book — The Saint and the Sultan, by Paul Moses — and have started reading. But haven’t gotten very far yet. Did St. Francis end the Fifth Crusade? Well God, the pope at that time was promising “instant” access to heaven to all “Christian” fighters. Gosh, that sounds familiar. So, probably not a “successful” outcome.
But, that isn’t the point is it, God.
We are called to do the right thing . . . to pray FOR those who persecute us . . . to Bless, Bless and not to curse. We are called to do them! We are not told to analyze them to see if it might succeed or make a difference and if so, then do them.
Jesus has said, Blessed are the Peacemakers.
Peace begins in our hearts. It begins with respect for one another. It moves on to hearing all the diverse voices and peoples of our time. Hearing their hearts and their hurts and their hopes.
Hm. How now to do this, God? How to reach out in hope?