July 8

Reflection

The message of Jesus shows us that the dignity of the human race is not found in its ability to control and dominate the Earth, nor is it found in the marvels of technology. Rather, our dignity is found in our intimate loving relationships within and among ourselves and with the whole community of species.
Jesus in the New Universe Story

Prayer

 Fill us with your spirit.

Action

What do you see as a loving relationship with the whole community of species? How will you practice this?

Suggested Reading

 The Spirit of the God shall rest upon him…
Not by appearance shall he judge…
But he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips
Isaiah 11: 1-10

The kingdom of God never comes by watching for it.. You cannot say, “Look here it is,” or “There it is,” for the kingdom of God is inside you.
Luke 17:22

Human beings are the universe conscious of itself. Human beings are the ones who have the heart to feel compassion and the wisdom to do justice. Human beings alone have heard the call to live in relationship with the divine, to live in fidelity to the truth and to live in the service of love. The life and death of Jesus shows us that we have been given everything we need to become receptors of the Light that is life itself. Jesus’ call for us to become light to the world is not an empty invitation but a potent promise.
Radical Amazement

 The reign of God is the presence of God unfolding in our lives and in our communities and churches and nations and in social groups calling us to change our lives and transform the whole of society.
Cletus Wessels, OP

To preserve and develop a human quality of life is the common responsibility of us all. It is not fitting that those concerned with the various aspects of the human be alienated from each other.
Thomas Berry

If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
James Herriot

 

 

 

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