So often, we forget the most basic thing. Jesus said the greatest commandment was to love God with our whole heart, soul, and mind, and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. On Sunday I confessed that in my busyness, I sometimes act like the priest who walked right by the injured Samaritan; I forget the most basic commandment in favor of all the other things on my to-do list. Why can’t we simply be good?
The Hebrew letters continue to mark our journey, and this week, we encounter, tet, one of two letters that makes the “t” sound. Tet begins the word tov, and it is associated with the quality of goodness. When God looked out on his creation, he saw that it was good, tov, and so we, too, see goodness in creation around us. The inward-curving shape of the letter reminds us that goodness is often hidden in creation and we are called to search for it. Goodness is hidden in us, too, and it is revealed when we allow God to work through us. Goodness is revealed when we follow Jesus’ command to take up our cross and follow, to be willing to lose our lives in order to gain something greater.
On Sunday we sang the wonderful prayer of St. Francis, “Make me a Channel of your Peace.” May it be so.