You said to love one another.
But I worry sometimes that we forget that you said to love one another, as I have loved you.
So, well, okay…
Love one another by serving and sharing and all that nice, polite church stuff we’re good at,
sure, yes, absolutely.
And also,
Love one another
by calling out injustices.
Tossing some tables.
Speaking truth to the authorities.
(Knowing full well the cost.)
Showing up in spaces where people hate us,
hate the commotion,
hate the distraction,
hate the division,
hate the threat to their own power,
and want us to shut up.
Love them and confront them there,
And do not back down.
Love one another that way.
Love one another by breaking the rules and the traditions,
The ones that are hurting people,
The ones that are keeping people poor,
The ones that are keeping people sick,
The ones that are keeping people out.
The ones that are keeping people desperate.
Love one another that way.
Love one another yes, by getting on our knees and physically touching each other.
By being tangibly present with each other in awkward and uncomfortable ways.
Love one another that way.
Love one another by sticking with love, even when the crowds shout for death.
Love one another even when the ones who claim to love us, betray and deny us.
Love one another that way.
Love one another and learn each other’s stories.
Love one another and break down roofs and houses and structures to get help for our friends.
Love one another and bring our dirty selves to grab at Jesus wherever and whenever and however we can.
Love one another that way.
Love one another by noticing, by paying attention, by stopping, and addressing the needs around us.
In the moment.
Right now.
Offer healing. Offer help. Offer hope.
Right now.
Love one another that way.
Love one another by expecting God to show up.
Knowing that God will provide.
And remembering that we are called to be a part of that.
A part of that Love.
A part of that Showing Up.
A part of that Providing.
You said to love one another.
Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
Please, please,
Don’t let us forget
How you loved us.

Amen.

 


The Rev. Erin Counihan serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO. She is a contributor to the RevGals book and blogs at http://www.somewhatreverend.wordpress.com.


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