Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and through it many become defiled.
I have become defiled. Like so many others, I am bitter and angry that there is a corrupt, and possibly fascist, liar in the Whitehouse, who surrounds himself with other bigots and other liars. I have given power to the very people to whom I object so fervently. I have allowed that root of bitterness, of which Paul warns, to spring up in my own heart. I’m glad that this particular reading came up today because I needed to be reminded of whom it is that I want to be. I want to be a loving and caring man. I want to love my neighbor as myself. I want love to be what governs my life. It’s not wrong to be angered or upset by injustice, but if I let my anger define me, then I have lost my humanity and my identity. I resolve right now to repent for my stubborn refusal to love those people whom I find it difficult to love.