The World Needs the Body of Christ More than Ever

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.
Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
                                                                                                                        John 13:34

As I write this, the Texas panhandle is on fire, Israeli soldiers have just fired shots into a crowd of Gazans receiving food aid, the Maryland statehouse in on lockdown, Jewish students are being attacked at Cal Berkeley, and someone in Alabama is giving a lady “the bird” for raising money for people in Ukraine. It’s dizzying. Evil, suffering, and disaster have flourished everywhere in every age, but right now they feel like kudzu across the landscape.

In our little corner of the world, though, God’s kingdom is pushing back.

Many of you know that our Trinity sister Krissy Lyons was hit by a car in Towson Circle last week. Instead of writing about that drama, however, I will tell you about how the love of God revealed itself this week through the love of Trinity members.

On Sunday, February 25, we managed in 3 ½ hours to find Krissy at Sinai and get her connected with her mother—something the police and the hospital had not been able to do in 3 days. By Sunday night, multiple people had visited Krissy, and Deacon Cindy had briefed us on how we could advocate for her care while she is recovering from skull and rib fractures. One of our newest members, who lives in Krissy’s building, agreed to take care of Sinclair, Krissy’s cat, and yesterday, someone else agreed to help with that. I pray that we can sustain this energy through the long period of healing that lies ahead.

THIS, my dear friends, is the Church of Jesus Christ. Behold the seed of hope in a weary world that needs Christ’s love more than ever. Share the reality of this love with anyone who will listen, because they need to hear it. Make the time to be a part of this loving support, because it will feed your spirit like nothing else. Be the Church. Love now. In this world of devastation, proclaim by word and deed the good news of Resurrection.