In his First Letter St. John says, “Whoever hates his brother is in darkness; he walks in darkness and does not know where he is going.” That is a clear statement. It could help many people to clear up the confusion in their lives.
People who are confused and muddled could clear their minds by ridding themselves of all vestiges of hatred. It is the gripes they harbor that cloud their vision. Those damned Democrats and those damned Republicans are not really malicious and worthy of hatred. They simply have been hooked into ways of thinking that have become like flypaper from which they can’t disentangle themselves.
All hatred is based on mistakes. Get rid of hatred, then, as Zechariah said for us Saturday, “The dawn from on high will break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness, and to guide our feet in the way of peace.”