As chaplain, after our first day of camp, I have been blessed to watch counselors care for all in their charge. This is family camp and so there are more adults around than usual and less children to watch constantly. And yet, these teenagers and young adults care for each other and all in the community, making sure of each one's safety, comfort and welcome. No one is left out and everyone is treated with respect. In an age where bullying, cruel judgement and criticism are the norm, here there is only open hearts and genuine welcome.
The testing of Jesus was non-stop and yet there were also moments when genuine encounter of love and acceptance changed the way everyone behave. The young scribe was truly wanting to understand and listen with an open heart. His conversation with Jesus, which we get to overhear, changes his heart and ours, too. Loving God and loving neighbor are both challenges that the human situation can make difficult. Teasing others, putting people down is acceptable and having faith in God is not cool. And yet the young scribe is transformed, as we are, when we love God and others with that selfless love that was shown to everyone by Jesus.
Today I ask God to help me love completely and set all judgement and criticism aside. May we love ourselves with the same love that has been given to us by God, tenderly facing the world with the kindness and acceptance we have so generously received. May love be the way we journey together today.