May 30

Reflection

As recorded in scripture, Jesus final words to his disciples–to us–are both challenging and exciting: “You will be my witnesses.” This is our task: to be true witnesses. But to be a true witness means that we may have to stand for what is just but not necessarily safe or acceptable, to be firm in conscience, and to work for the goals of peace and inclusivity of the nonviolent Jesus. We are to stand for truth and to be willing to live with integrity even if it means we stand alone.

Prayer

Lord, be my strength.

Action

Where am I willing to compromise my beliefs in order to fit in with others? How must I change?

Suggested Reading

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying:
“Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me,
so that they may be one just as we are one.
When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me,
and I guarded them, and none of them was lost.
But now I am coming to you..
I gave them your word, and the world hated them,
because they do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
I do not ask that you take them out of the world
but that you keep them safe.
They do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world,
so I sent them into the world..”
John 17:11 -19

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make, which, over time, add up to big differences we cannot foresee.
Marian Wright Edelman

Do not be surprised or scandalized by the sinful and the tragic. Do what you can to be peace and to do justice, but never expect or demand perfection on this earth.
Richard Rohr

We should not ask, “What is wrong with the world?” for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, “What has happened to the salt and light?”
John R. W. Stott

Christ is perfectly harmless so long as he is kept locked up in churches. There is always trouble when you let him out.
G. Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy

 It is the duty of every Christian to be Christ to his neighbor.
Martin Luther

 Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.
Maya Angelou

 Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.
Maya Angelou

I’m working at trying to be a Christian, and that’s serious business. It’s like trying to be a good Jew, a good Muslim, a good Buddhist, a good Shintoist, a good Zoroastrian, a good friend, a good lover, a good mother, a good buddy – it’s serious business.
Maya Angelou

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