August 20

Reflection

Jesus called us to a new way of seeing, a new way of thinking, a new way of understanding our relationship with God and one another. He called his followers to put aside the former accepted way of living, the established order, and to move into a new way of being. It was a challenge then and it is a challenge now. Let us renew our commitment to this vision of hope which Jesus refused to compromise.

Prayer

May we continue to live the vision of hope given by Jesus.

Action

I will continue to visualize the world of justice and mercy presented by Jesus and work in my own sphere to bring it about.

Suggested Reading

The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
Luke 4:18-19

 All the great spiritual leaders in history were people of hope. Abraham, Moses, Ruth, Mary, Jesus, Rumi, Gandhi, and Dorothy Day all lived with a promise in their hearts that guided them toward the future without the need to know exactly what it would look like. Let’s live with hope.
Henri NouwenMost of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Dale Carnegie

The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

We might be wise to follow the insight of the enraptured heart rather than the more cautious reasoning of the theological mind.
A.W. Tozer

Kinship– not serving the other, but being one with the other. Jesus was not “a man for others”; he was one with them. There is a world of difference in that.
Gregory J. Boyle

Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.
Mother Teresa

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