Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter
(Acts 13:26-33; John 14:1-6)
ISIS continues to wreak havoc on Christians not only in Syria and Iraq but also in Europe. Meanwhile, the reaction in the United States is severe. Political candidates want to bar all Muslims from entering the country. There is good reason for hearts to be troubled.
Yet Jesus tells his disciples in today’s gospel not to worry. He assures them that there is room for all in God’s kingdom. He wants them to follow him as he leads the way to eternal life.
Supported by one another, we line up behind Jesus. We will find Muslims in our company as well as members of other religious traditions. We will not hear non-Christians express explicit faith in Jesus, but we see them like him refusing to hate their enemies. We also notice them like him willing to forgive those who have hurt them deeply.