Easter 3, Tuesday, Year B

Inspired by 2 John 1-6

“Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, in truth and love.” 2 John 3 (NRSV)

God is with us always. In times of trouble, in times of joy, in times of mundane ordinariness, he is with us. He is with us in our solitude, and he is with us in our companionship. And he is with everyone else, at all times and in all places, as well.

Imagine how our encounters with other people might be different if we began each conversation—verbal, written, or electronic—with a reminder that God’s grace, mercy, and peace is present with us. How might it change the way you speak to your coworkers? How might it change the way you speak to you family members? How might it change the way you speak to store cashiers, strangers on the street, or salespeople at your door or calling you at home?

Not every encounter we have is pleasant; sometimes we need to state and enforce boundaries, address a conflict, or disagree with someone’s opinion or course of action. But imagine how these difficult conversations might be different if both parties were reminded first that both are beloved children of the Father, redeemed by the Son, and sustained by the Holy Spirit.

Let us pray. God of all, you lavishly shower your grace and mercy upon all your people. Remind us of the truth of your love, that we may treat everyone with the respect that your children deserve. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.