November 3


The Christian life is not about pleasing God the finger-shaker and judge. It is not about believing now or being good now for the sake of heaven later. It is about entering a relationship in the present that begins to change everything now. Spirituality is about this process: the opening of the heart to the God who is already here. The fruit of this process is compassion.
Marcus Borg, The God We Never Knew


 May I live in the now.


Reflect on the gospel stories in which it says Jesus was moved by compassion. This compassion was always followed by action. Where is your life does your compassion call you to action?

Suggested Reading

The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.
Luke 17:21

 The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.
Eckhart Tolle

Waking up this morning, I smile,
Twenty four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment
and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.
Thich Nhat Hanh

 Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place.
Rosalynn Carter

If compassion was the motivating factor behind all of our decisions, would our world not be a completely different place?
Sheryl Crow

 Always hold fast to the present.  Every situation, indeed every moment, is of infinite value, for it is the representative of a whole eternity.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 Earth’s crammed with heaven…
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
Henry David Thoreau

 God gave you a heart to love with not to hate with, God gave you the ability to create heaven on earth, not hell.
Author Unknown

 There is only one path to Heaven. On Earth, we call it Love.
Henry David Thoreau