Clay art from Colombia (Photo by César García)
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NRSV)
Violence. Extreme political polarization. Financial crisis. Deaths caused by the pandemic. Emotional distress caused by social distance. Watching the news from my country, Colombia, leaves me with a sense of sadness and no hope.
Is it possible to find another reality?
I imagine a new world where people sit around a table no matter their language or race, their social class or their gender. I dream of a society where generosity balances the financial needs of those who have fewer resources.
I visualized people – centred on relationships – whose lives of love, forgiveness and compassion bring healing.
I imagine a community where political polarization is not present because there is only one governor and political system to whom everyone is loyal and faithful.
When I imagine such a new world, I find joy and peace. That joy and peace become hope when I realize that that new world is called “the kingdom of God.”
While we celebrate Peace Sunday, let’s keep building the kingdom of God that Jesus calls us to be.