Aug  2011 25
Victory Is Ours

"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." (Rom 16:20-21)



The 11th Sunday After Pentecost, Aug 28, 2011  Green

Exodus 3:1-15, Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c, Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-28

No, ‘if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.’ Do not be over come by evil, but overcome evil with good.”   Rom 16:20-21 (NRSV)


Goodness is stronger than evil                                 Insult traded for insult,

the feud taking on a life of its own,

finding no good in ‘those’ folk

noses upturned automatically

avoiding even rancorous engagement

anxious for them to get their comeuppance


love is stronger hate                          Along comes a person of no grandiose notions of self,

a Hatfield inviting a McCoy to dinner,

a McCoy sharing a soda with a Hatfield,

the rifles unloaded,

mules were loaned for plowing

and the children played tag


light is stronger than darkness                                     Ah, what a myth,

thinking old grudges so easily laid aside,

old enemies becoming friends,

and yet—

this hope bringing peace to all

as we offer life rather than hate to our enemies


life is stronger than death;                                                 Suppose,

addressing Viet Nam as a friend needing a boost,

spending those war dollars on

economic development,

ah though, we shall never know the wonders possible,

instead of heaping coals we used napalm


victory is ours                                                    Treating our enemies as friends,

worked for Gandhi,

and will for me,

baking a pie for that old grouch down the street,

watching him/her throw it out the window,

home again to bake another

“victory is ours, victory is ours

through him who loves us.” *


Non violence as a way of life, no wonder Peter chastised Jesus, too radical (Mt.16:21-23).  Jim Wilson                      

 * From an African prayer book, page 2219 The Faith we Sing, 2000 Abingdon Press

NOTE: Jim Wilson is a retired United Methodist pastor with a close relationship to PTS.

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