Christmas teaches that God is at home with us. “We are one in the family of faith, sharing our small planet as together we hurl through space. This is our home and these are our brothers and sisters. We have no excuse to be irresponsible, selfish, or unjust, but we also have the invitation to rest, to find warmth, and to seek comfort in God our Mother and Father. We are not alone. God journeys with us and we journey together.”(Thomas Hoffman) This is the family of which we all are a part.
May we all be one in You.
Reflect on the unity of the human family. Expand that to include nonhuman inhabitants of our planet. How does this change your attitude toward all God’s creation?
Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.
Col 3: 12-21
If tolerance, respect and equity permeate family life, they will translate into values that shape societies, nations and the world.
While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.
Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.
To become a true global citizen, one must abandon all notions of otherness and instead embrace togetherness.
It can be helpful to think of humanity like a pearl necklace. Each human being is a pearl with distinct characteristics, but underneath there is a string that ties us all together, invisible to the naked eye.
We all belong to the world, and the world belongs to us all.