October 26

Reflection

Each of us is a little word of the Word of God, a mini-incarnation of divine love.  The journey inward requires surrender to this mystery in our lives and this means letting go of our control buttons.  It means dying to the untethered selves that occupy us daily; it means embracing the sufferings of our lives, from the little sufferings to the big ones, it means allowing God’s grace to heal us, hold us and empower us for life.  It means entering into darkness, the unknowns of our lives, and learning to trust the darkness, for the tenderness of divine love is already there.   It means willing to sacrifice all that we have for all that we can become in the power of God’s love; and finally, it means to let God’s love heal us of the opposing tensions within us.  No one can see God and live and thus we must surrender our partial lives to become whole in the love of God.  When we can say with full voice, “you are the God of my heart, my God and my portion forever” then we can open our eyes to see that the Christ in me is the Christ in you.  We are indeed One in love.
Ilia Delio

Prayer

That all may be one.

Action

Ponder what it really means to say “We are One in love.”  What are the implications of this? How does it call us to change? Are you willing?

Suggested Reading

One God and Creator of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Ephesians 4:6

So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Romans 12:5

How I desire that we Christians be more deeply united as witnesses of mercy for the human family so severely tested in these days. Let’s ask the Spirit for the gift of unity, for only if we live as brothers & sisters can we spread the spirit of fraternity.
Pope Francis

At the heart of every being lies creation’s dream of a principle that will one day give organic form to its fragmented treasures. God is unity.
Pierre Teihard de Chardan

We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.
Thomas Merton

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.
Gwendolyn Brooks

You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.
Amit Ray

Even though we may look different or come from different places, we are all part of one race. The human race. In this beautiful world we live in, we are all one.
Medea Kalantar

Consider your own place in the universal oneness of which we are all a part, from which we all arise, and to which we all return.
David Fontana

Love is the reflection of God’s unity in the world of duality. It constitutes the entire significance of creation.
Meher Baba

All things are linked with one another, and this oneness is sacred; there is nothing that is not interconnected with everything else. For things are interdependent, and they combine to form this universal order. There is only one universe made up of all things, and one creator who pervades them; there is one substance and one law, namely, common reason in all thinking creatures, and all truth is one–if, as we believe, there is only one path of perfection for all beings who share the same mind.
Marcus Aurelius

All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really one.
Black Elk

The whole reason we pray is to be united into the vision and contemplation of God to whom we pray.
Julian of Norwich

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