Thursday, May 5, 2016

We Must Remember Who We Are...Now More Than Ever!

No matter what happens in the world during this strange year of 2016, those of us who have encountered Jesus Christ living in His Church and have been given the grace of a new life in Him must remember who we are.

Let us not be distracted from this new life. Let us rather return again and again to the Source who has brought us together, opened up the meaning of our lives, and given us the courage to face the whole of reality with all its possibilities and all its problems.

And let us remember that He empowers us to look at one another in a new way, to see one another as brothers and sisters, to love one another with all our differences, peculiarities, mistakes and weaknesses. We are called to "bear with one another through love" and to "strive to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace" (Ephesians 4:2-3).

Together through this unity, we become free to build up the beautiful and the good, and a passion is born within us, a passion to look at each and every human being in this new way, to see them and open our hearts to them as they really are: a child of God, a brother or sister, a person worthy of love.

"Live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness,
with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit
through the bond of peace:
one body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all"
(Ephesians 4:1-6).