My heart explodes with compassion. Sometimes I want to run up to every single person I pass and tell them that I love them. This feeling is strongest when I encounter people who exude anger or hostility toward me or others. I believe that they who often exude that anger or hostility do so out of fear or mistrust or negativity that has been inflicted upon them.
Last night, I encountered compassion on foot. I walked side by side with Love. I witnessed God’s Spirit moving through the streets of Capitol Hill in Seattle through and with the hundreds of people of all faiths and no faith as they walked from one Cathedral to another. We walked to show that Love Wins and that God is Love, not hate. We walked to tell the city and the nation and the world that God relishes in compassion and mercy, and God mourns with us as we cry out in lament after the heinous murders in Orlando and so many, many, many other cities.
We walked in memory of the all victims of gun violence. We walked to lament the continued unaddressed issues of gun violence in our country. We walked to show that people of faith stand on the side of justice, and that those other people of faith who express hate and hostility towards those not like them do not represent us.
I follow the religion of love wherever love is found,
for love is my religion and my faith.
Holy, holy, holy,
You are the Lord God.
Heaven and earth
are full of your glory.
Kyrie eleison, eleison.