Thank you for this thoughtful response to that particular sermon about masks. My place of relative privilege interpreted it from a much different lens. Your perspective is very helpful to realign my own thoughts with need for safety – physical and spiritual safety.
I also greatly appreciated your reflections on martyrdom. It is a concept that I myself have wrestled with, especially after I became a mother and responsible for an amazing little or not so little any more human.
Your interpretation of Jesus’ response to Peter is so very affirming to me and some of the decisions I have had to make in my own life to get through a crisis in a whole and healthy way. I have not heard this particular passage interpreted this way, and it is refreshing.
So I hear your heart and your wrestling and thank you for opening my own perspective.