This election season, we've seen a lot of hatred and inhospitality directed toward Muslims and toward migrants. There is talk of building walls instead of bridges, a focus on fueling the politics of fear instead of concern for human need. In 1 Kings 8 we see an alternative.
Season after Pentecost | Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43 (Psalm 96:1-9); Galatians 1:1-12; Luke 7:1-10 | Semi-continuous first reading: 1 Kings 18:20-21, (22-29), 30-39 (Psalm 96)
In Galatians, Paul is confrontational. While we should be more cautious about calling other people "foolish," we can learn from him that tolerance shouldn't depend on denying one's faith, and being grounded in one's faith shouldn't lead to intolerance or coercion.