January 25

Reflection

The perversity of human nature is that when we speak of our religious beliefs we know how to say all the right words. Yet, when we relate to one another whether it be at the national, international or personal level, our distrust and prejudices are not consistent with what we claim as our belief system. If we read the teachings of faiths other than our own, we find that they are all consistent in one major theme: love and unity.

Judaism:” What is hateful to you, do not to your neighbor, that is the entire Torah, the rest is commentary, go and learn it.”

Islam: “No one is a believer until you desire for another what you desire yourself.”

Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways you yourself would find hurtful.”

Hinduism:” This is the sum of duty: do nothing to others that you would not have them do to you.”

Janism:”In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, regard all creatures as you would your own self.”

Christianity:”Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Prayer

May we allow the Spirit who is the source of all life to enlighten our minds and convert our hearts.

Action

Compare the above quotes from the sacred texts of some of the many religions that people embrace. Where is the consistency of action they should inspire? What if we lived out what we say? How can this affect your own life?

Suggested Readings

Let our differences not cause hatred and strife between us. Let us vie with each other only in righteousness and good works. Let us respect each other, be fair, just and kind to another and live in sincere peace, harmony and mutual goodwill.
A Common Word Between Us and You

If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.
1 Corinthians 13

We acknowledge our constant connectedness with God, with all human beings and with all that exists. We acknowledge the pain and hurt that come when we act as if we were disconnected.
Michael Morwood

Prayer should bring us to an altar where no walls or names exist.
Rabia, Sufi

Let your love flow outward through the universe  to its height, its length, its broad extent, a limitless love without hatred or enmity.
Sutta Nipata, Hindu

I am the sacred words of the earth.
Navajo Song

 

 

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