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.” Taking that statement to heart could help many people clear up the confusion in their lives.
People who are confused and muddled could clear their minds by ridding themselves of vestiges of hatred. By letting our minds replay over and over our dislike for those damned Democrats, or those damned Republicans we tie up our channels, leaving no lines clear for observing and appreciating the beauties of nature and the kind things people are doing all around us. We get hooked into ways of thinking that have become like flypaper from which we can’t disentangle ourselves.
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.”