Reconciliation and God’s Judgment

Learning to trust in God’s judgment has a profound effect on how we respond when we are hurt by others. The recent discovery of the unmarked graves of children in the residential schools has surfaced new, painful emotions for us as a nation, and especially for those victims of the residential schools. Locally, we are grieving the tragic loss of Saint Ann’s parish as well as the other parishes recently burned throughout the Okanagan. How do we respond to these hurts in a way that honors God? Our passage today deals with how we can short circuit the cycle of violence and vengeance by understanding God’s coming judgment, and how it allows us to pursue love and peace with our neighbors when it matters most.