August 23

Reflection

 

Then Jesus said to the twelve, Will you also go away?

To follow Jesus means being led by the Spirit as he was led at every stage of his journey. This involves a truly personal discernment but it is never an individualistic one. The Spirit of God is always the spirit of community, communion with our human sisters and brothers and communion with the whole of creation. It is not difficult to see the Spirit at work in the great movements of our times- the ecological movement, the movement seeking justice and peace above all for the poor of the earth, and the feminine movement seeking full equality for women. In spite of all the human failure and sin that play a role in these movements, they are places where the Spirit of God is powerfully at work, calling us to our own part in these movements of liberation and hope.
Denis Edwards

Prayer

May I be Faithful to the gospel vision.

Action

Is my heart touched by any of these movements?
Where can I put my efforts to help bring about God’s reign?

Suggested Reading

Many of his disciples returned to their former way of life
and no longer accompanied him.
Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
John 6:60-67

Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit.
Pope Francis

The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message.
Pope John Paul II

I think it’s darkness before the dawn, because the next evolution is going to be a consciousness evolution instead of a communication revolution.
Ram Dass

Spiritual opening is not a withdrawal to some imagined realm or safe cave. It is not a pulling away, but a touching of all the experience of life with wisdom and with a heart of kindness, without any separation.
Jack Kornfield

The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s backyard.
Abraham Maslow

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