2 Corinthians 13:11–13
Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
Reflection by Janet Derby
These two verses seem totally implausible in today’s world. Nothing seems orderly, no one seems to be in agreement, and certainly we are not living in peace. I am generally an optimist, but in the last few months, it has been difficult to watch the news. It feels like every time we think that things have gotten as bad as they can be, something else comes along. Yet, we know that the Corinthian church was far from peaceful, so Paul was reminding them of the importance of working together. It certainly is a reminder that we all need today. It is also a reminder that the Holy Spirit and the saints are with us, even in our troubled times when we cannot greet one another in person.
Gracious God, help us during this stressful time to listen to and care for each other. Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me. Amen.