I find today’s reading about non-violence to be very direct. Yes, we are afraid of non-violence. We might be afraid that we will appear weak. Maybe we think about groups who oppose violence so profoundly that their life style is clearly “different.” We are stunned by their willingness to forgive even the most heinous acts. We say we want to follow Jesus and I think it makes sense to be fearful of the consequences. Yet Jesus knew the consequences and followed the will of God anyway.
Dear Jesus, help me to accept that following you is a path to the cross. But I know it is never a path we follow alone. God is with us in all those companions who walk with me. Keep us safe from the inevitable stops and starts along the way.