August 7

Reflection

 

For who has known the mind of God
or who has been God’s counselor?
Romans 11:31-36

This is an interesting question to ponder. Religion has the major feature in some historical conflicts and in the recent wave of modern terrorism. Today we see conflict in the Middle East, the subjugation of women, an anti-gay crusade and other issues connected with religion. Gods have been used to justify almost any cruelty from animal sacrifice to burning heretics and stoning adulterers. Yet, we forget that religion is not God but our attempt to find a way that leads to God. For us Christians, Jesus is the one who reveals the mystery of God. In him we see love triumphing over hate, courageous resistance to evil and religiously inspired social action that make a difference in people’s lives. He reflects inclusive love, forgiveness and compassion. The same is true of those people who other faiths revere as their founders. It is true of people we recognize as truly whole and holy. “Who has known the mind of God?” Certainly not those who have created God in their own violent and judgmental image.

Prayer

May I seek to know God in honesty and contemplation.

Action

Reflect on the question posed by the text above. Where do you catch a glimpse of the holy mystery we call God? Where is God used to give credence to what is blatantly restrictive, unjust or oppressive? Free your thinking from that sort of control.

Suggested Reading

The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.
Psalms 116:5

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.
John 4:24

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
Rev.22:13

While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.
Maya Angelou 

The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.
Swami Vivekananda

 Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.
Abraham Lincoln

 We should think of the church as an orchestra in which the different churches play on different instruments while a Divine Conductor calls the tune.
William R. Inge

We need to reach that happy stage of our development when differences and diversity are not seen as sources of division and distrust, but of strength and inspiration.
Josefa Iloilo

 True religion is real living, living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.
Albert Einstein

I love you when you bow in your mosques, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.
Kahlil Gibran

We all remember how many religious wars were fought for a religion of love and gentleness; how many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell.
Karl Popper

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Advent Candle Lighting

Advent Candle Lighting

Join with Christians around the world in the prayerful ritual of lighting the Advent wreath.

Prayer

A Child came for all of us and because of that Child
We believe that love is stronger than fear,
Peace more enduring than hate
And that darkness will never extinguish the light
We are people of hope.

(Light the first candle)

Today we light the candle of peace.
Let us pray for the peace of Christ
which is the fullness of blessing for all.
For this peace we dare to hope.

(Second candle is lit)

We light the candle of love.
For God so loved the world, that a Child was given;
a Savior in the form of love incarnate.
As we light these candles of hope, peace and love,
Let us give thanks for God’s enduring love.

(Light the third candle)

 

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