Daily Reflection

November 18

Reflection

The message of Jesus shows us that the dignity of the human race is not found in its ability to control and dominate the Earth, nor is it found in the marvels of technology. Rather, our dignity is found in our intimate loving relationships within and among ourselves and with the whole community of species.
Jesus in the New Universe Story


Prayer

Fill us with your spirit.

Action

Read the whole passage from Isaiah 11: 1- 12 that describes the dream of God’s reign. Reflect on it and compare it with our present lives. To what does it move you?

Suggested Reading

The kingdom of God never comes by watching for it.. You cannot say, “Look here it is,” or “There it is,” for the kingdom of God is inside you.
Luke 17:22

The Spirit of the God shall rest upon him…
Not by appearance shall he judge…
But he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips
Isaiah 11: 1-10

Human beings are the universe conscious of itself. Human beings are the ones who have the heart to feel compassion and the wisdom to do justice. Human beings alone have heard the call to live in relationship with the divine, to live in fidelity to the truth and to live in the service of love. The life and death of Jesus shows us that we have been given everything we need to become receptors
of the Light that is life itself. Jesus’ call for us to become light to the world is not an empty invitation but a potent promise.
Radical Amazement

The reign of God is the presence of God unfolding in our lives and in our communities and churches and nations and in social groups calling us to change our lives and transform the whole of society.
Cletus Wessels, OP

That the universe is a communion of subjects rather than a collection of objects is the central commitment of the Ecozoic.  Existence itself is derived from and sustained by this intimacy of every being with every other being in the universe.
Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, The Universe Story

The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant, “What good is it?” If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not.
Aldo Leopold

We become human only in the company of other human beings.  And this involves both opening our hearts and giving voice to our deepest convictions. …When we shrink from the world, our souls shrink, too.
Paul Rogat Loeb

The world of life, of spontaneity, the world of dawn and sunset and starlight, the world of soil and sunshine, of meadow and woodland, of hickory and oak and maple and hemlock and pineland forests, of wildlife dwelling around us, of the river and its wellbeing–all of this [is] the integral community in which we live.
Thomas Berry

The golden way is to be friends with the world and to regard the whole human family as one.
Mahatma Gandhi

With all things and in all things, we are relatives.
Sioux Proverb