The peace of the Lord be always with you. Perhaps you, like me, are finding it hard to find peace in your life right now. Perhaps you, like me, get the alert on your phone that the curfew order for the city of Denver is going into effect. Perhaps you look at your news feed and see violence erupting all over our country. Perhaps you, like me, are asking, “What is going to become of us? Where is our nation going? Where will we as a people, as a nation, find ourselves?”
I don’t know the answer to that question. I don’t know the answer to any of those questions, but I do know this. There is one body and one spirit. There is one hope in God’s call to us. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism. There is one God and Father of all. Our world is broken. Our relationships are in disrepair. You and I share a covenant. It is a covenant that transcends skin tone. It is a covenant hat transcends class. It is a covenant that transcends political party affiliation. It is a covenant that transcends all. You and I share a baptismal covenant that makes every other covenant in our life relative and conditional. And what will become of our world might depend on how willing we are to live that covenant. How willing we are to profess that covenant, not only with our lips, but with our lives.
Do you believe in God, the Father? Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? Do you believe in God, the Holy Spirit? Will, you continue in the apostle’s teaching and the breaking of the bread and in the prayers? Will you persevere in resisting evil? And whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord. Will you proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ? Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being?
I do not know where our world is going, but I do believe if we are serious about our baptismal covenant, if we take it to heart and we live it with everything we have, we can transform this world. We can know that peace, which passes all understanding. We can know something, of the Kingdom of God. And so, the peace of the Lord be always with you.