August 30

Reflection

In God’s vision the distinctions that we make in our life on earth do not apply. On earth we are divided by races, skin colors, nationalities, and languages. In God’s dream all people are one. The Creator who made all races loves all races. On earth we are divided socially, ethnically, educationally and economically. But in God’s vision it does not matter whether we are rich or poor because we are all cherished. In life about half of us are male and half of us are female. We are different. We will never be able to change that. But when it comes to being part of the human family, it makes no difference because God has no bias based on the color of our skin, or wealth, or which sex we happen to be. We are all one, this beautiful earth is our home and the divisions we have created are not of God.

 Prayer

That all may be one.

 Action

I will sort out my feelings. How does my vision mirror God’s vision ?
Where are there areas of disconnect?

Suggested Reading

Brothers and sisters:
Through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus.
For all of you who were baptized into Christ
have clothed yourselves with Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither slave nor free person,
there is not male and female;
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:26-29
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
Kofi Annan
We ought to think that we are one of the leaves of a tree, and the tree is all humanity. We cannot live without the others, without the tree.
Pablo Casals

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.
J.K. Rowling

It may be shocking to some people in this country to realize that, without meaning to do so, they hold views in common with Hitler when they preach discrimination against other religious, racial or economic groups.
Henry A. Wallace

We have the ability to achieve, if we master the necessary goodwill, a common global society blessed with a shared culture of peace that is nourished by the ethnic, national and local diversities that enrich our lives.
Mahnaz Afkhami

There are no nations! There is only humanity. And if we don’t come to understand that right soon, there will be no nations, because there will be no humanity.
Isaac Asimov

Diversity is the magic. It is the first manifestation, the first beginning of the differentiation of a thing and of simple identity. The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection.
Thomas Berry

We live now in a global village and we are in one single family. It’s our responsibility to bring friendship and love from all different places around the world and to live together in peace.
Jackie Chan

Internal peace is an essential first step to achieving peace in the world. How do you cultivate it? It’s very simple. In the first place by realizing clearly that all mankind is one, that human beings in every country are members of one and the same family.
The Dalai Lama

 

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