It seems that travelers to Jericho (Luke 10) could expect robbers, and they could expect to come across some poor crime victim bleeding on the side of the road. Violence on the road was common for years and years.
I thought of the road to Jericho as I tried to get my head and heart around yet another mass killing in our country. We have been through this time and again. Just as robbers with clubs preyed on travelers as they went about their business between Jericho and Jerusalem, so do killers with guns prey on us as we go about our business in schools, churches, nightclubs, concerts and movie theaters. How bad does it have to get before we want to do something about it?
Women of the ELCA offers a resource in both English and Spanish on this very topic. Rachel’s Day has been observed in May for many years, but we can start talking and praying and acting to change things now. Let this be a beginning.
This message is an excerpt of the March 2018 monthly devotional “What can we do now?” by Audrey Novak Riley. Today we celebrate Pentecost. The readings are Acts 2:1-21; Ezekiel 37:1-14 (alternate); Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Romans 8:22-27; Acts 2:1-21 (alternate); John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15.
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