In June we celebrate Pride month, but often at the end of June we set it aside for other things as we move through the year. But as followers of Jesus Christ, loving our neighbor is not something we move past or something we can easily dismiss.
In this time many are questioning what it is to be created differently from one another. But in our baptismal covenant, we have taken vows to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves.
Loving our neighbor does not mean we always understand our neighbor, that we always agree with our neighbor. But it does mean that we are called to love and to service as part of God’s beloved humanity. It is how we treat one another that matters most.
And so dear friends, as we move from June into July into August, September, October and on through the year: I pray that each of us will seek ways to deepen our understanding of the journey of others, to appreciate the diversity in which God has created us, and to understand that it is our love for one another that unites us. May we be people who offer the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people and invite all people to share equally in this journey of faith.
Blessings to you now and always.