Thank you Jesus for dying for us, for giving your life that we might live, forgiven and free.
Reflection of the Week - 16 March 2021
Posted in Faith
As we acknowledge Harmony Week, perhaps it is timely to pause and reflect on the word ‘harmony’ and what it actually means – especially given the unrest around the world and also in many ways closer to home.
Matthew 22:37-40 states ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it; you shall love your neighbour as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two great commandments.’
Every day we are faced with messages that speak of difference, what divides us and in many ways this perpetuates disharmony – you only have to watch the evening news or check social media for evidence of this. So as you go about your daily life this week, you are urged to contemplate what connects us as human beings to one another – not what separates us, nor that which highlights ‘the other.’
Good and gracious God,
who loves and delights in all people,
we stand in awe before you,
knowing that the spark of life within each person
is the spark of your divine life.
Differences among cultures and races are
multicolored manifestations of your light.
May our hearts and minds be open to celebrate
similarities and differences among our sisters and brothers.
Please send your healing and reconciling Spirit in order to bind
the wounds created by racism and racial hatred,
and to promote understanding, justice, and love.
We place our hopes for racial harmony in our committed action
and in your living presence in our neighbour.
May all peoples live in peace!
(Adapted from the Sisters of Mercy)
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