Have you noticed how much anger is being expressed these days regarding politics? One group of people are so demonstrative with their anger, it’s causing others in the opposite camp to stay very quite. Almost like they are afraid; they don’t want that anger directed at them!
In a way, this current political storm is similar to the religious storm these early Christians were experiencing at the time Peter is writing this letter. I bet Peter’s encouragement was timely for the recipients.
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice…” ( 4:12)
I was listening to talk radio yesterday and heard that the Pope, this week when addressing a crowd of thousands, said, “It is not right to kill a human being, regardless of how small it is, to solve a problem. It is like hiring a hit man to solve a problem.”
Well, according to the talk show host, the reaction of some to the Popes statement was pure anger!
So, today, I am praying for the Pope. I pray that he can “rejoice” in the suffering he will endure for taking a stand to defend life. I pray that he feels “the spirit of glory and of God “resting on him” (4:14)
I pray the same for you and me today as we boldly “commit (ourselves) to our faithful creator and continue to do good.” (4:19)