Often our words and actions foster disconnectedness. We act as if we were disconnected from God and from our world. We lack concern for issues of justice and for environmental issues which affect all life. Jesus showed us that he was united with God by how he let all his words and actions flow from this conviction Often, we forget that we too are united with God. Let us reflect on the limits we have put on the work of God’s Spirit within us by our lack of understanding and attunement to God’s abiding presence.
May the presence of God in us find expression in our thoughts and actions.
How do my words and actions cause disconnectedness? To what does my reflection call me?
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Our love must not be a thing of words and fine talk. It must be a thing of action and sincerity.
1 John 3:18
If you have opened your loving to God’s love, you are helping people you don’t know and have never seen.
Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi
I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.
If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.
We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.
Love is our most unifying and empowering common spiritual denominator. The more we ignore its potential to bring greater balance and deeper meaning to human existence, the more likely we are to continue to define history as one long inglorious record of man’s inhumanity to man.
Every human activity can be put at the service of the divine and of love. We should all exercise our gift to build community.
Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.