Morning: Psalm 20, 21; I Kings 7:51-8:21; Acts 28:17-31
Evening: Psalm 110:1-5; 116; 117; Mark 14:43-52
Hatred, fear and betrayal are human responses to perceived threats … Jesus, crucified for challenging the abuses of the religious and civil authorities; Liu Xiaobo, confined and called a danger to the Chinese people for demanding basic human rights; Muslims in North America, persecuted by hate groups for their faith. Jesus was betrayed with a kiss; the rationale of hatred often appeals to some higher ideal, and hatred or fear masquerade as love. When any other human being makes you feel insecure, there is never a loving reason to hate them. Love cannot show itself as fear or betrayal.