Bridge Builder

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We are all in this together.

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Mark 3:35

“For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

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Jesus was teaching a crowd inside a house when he was told that his mother and family were outside asking for him.

That’s when he told the people sitting around him that they were his mother and family, and then he stated the scripture passage above.

Jesus was definitely not putting down his family standing outside…but he was trying to make a metaphorical point.

We are all in this together.

We are all one family in God.

As Thomas Merton said in his final address to a conference of Asian monks in Calcutta shortly before his untimely death: “We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. What we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.”

We must see through the delusion of separation.

St. Paul spoke about this mystery when he said, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).

Since God is love (1 John 4:8), then doing God’s will would be to channel love in our words and actions.

This is not always easy…especially in times of conflict or where injustice is being done.

But Jesus made it quite clear: “I give you a new commandment: love one another” (John 13:34).

And if that wasn’t clear enough, he also said: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:43-44).

That is our challenge as followers of Christ.

I have to allow this challenge to change me so I can see all people as my family…even those who I don’t want to like.

Especially those people!

Only then can I be a messenger of mercy and truth to the world.

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God Calling

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How are you being called to serve?

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Psalm 89:21

I have chosen David, my servant; with my holy oil I have anointed him.

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Did you know that you have also been chosen to be God’s servant?

You, too, have been anointed.

Serving God starts now.

It means to be a channel of love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, compassion and truth wherever you are and in whatever you are doing.

As you do this – pay attention to the movements of your heart.

What issues or causes are you attracted to?

Who are the people in need who you feel most drawn to?

What do you do that whenever you do it you feel most alive?

You must live into your calling as a servant of God.

Your job is not to change others but to allow God to change you.

Practice letting go of your ego’s desires through Centering Prayer or other forms of contemplative prayer and meditation.

Be patient…and then follow your heart.

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Peace Be with You

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In troubled times…know that the Love that created everything is holding you.

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Psalm 57:2

Have mercy on me, God, have mercy on me. In you I seek refuge. In the shadow of your wings I seek refuge till harm pass by.

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Sometimes life is hard.

We experience sorrows and losses.

We sometimes make mistakes that we regret.

We sometimes feel lost and without direction.

How comforting it is to know that God is not a harsh judge but a loving parent!

As one of my favorite scripture passages states: “God is love” (1 John 4:8).

And as St. Paul stated: “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, or pompous or inflated. It is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

This is a description of God.

In this Love we can bring our burdens and find rest.

Be a channel of this Love to the world.

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Love Wins

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All struggles and losses are birth canals leading to new life.

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Psalm 56:13-14

I have made vows to you, God; with offerings I will fulfill them, for you have snatched me from death, kept my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

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Death to life…death to life…death to life.

This is a pattern that repeats itself over and over.

It is the way of God.

It’s God’s creative pattern.

All things die and turn to dust giving way to the sprouting of new life.

We experience many dyings and risings in our lifetimes.

Think of times when you experienced the end of one thing that somehow led to the beginning of something else.

One door closed so another door could open that you could pass through.

This is the process of growth.

It is also the process of an ever deepening understanding of who you are.

Darkness leads to light…but only if you let go and trust in the process.

There is nothing to fear.

Love will always lead you home.

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Glory Be

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When you are creative…you are connected to the Sacred.

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Psalm 144:9

O God, a new song I will sing to you; on a ten-stringed lyre I will play for you.

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God is the Creator.

God is constantly creating.

And since scripture tells us that God is love (1 John 4:8), then we can deduce that Love itself is constantly creating.

Love created you and me.

Each of us is invited to create as well…to be a part of this creative masterpiece in progress.

Creativity takes many forms whether it is writing, drawing, painting, singing, playing an instrument, playing in general, planning parties, cooking, solving problems, building relationships, building buildings, etc., etc.

For me…I love to write these reflections and to write songs.

When I sing I am simply opening a channel to the creativity of God…or Love…and then cooperating with that Creativity.

If we all did this…what a wonderful world it would be.

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Both – And

May our words and actions be determined by wisdom and compassion.

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Mark 2:23-24

As Jesus was passing through a field of grain on the Sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain. At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”

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One of the greatest lessons taught to me happened a number of years ago when a religious sister ended our debate over some issue I have long forgotten by telling me, “You need to think more “both-and.”

At the time, I remember thinking that was one of the dumbest things I ever heard of.

Today, I often tell others this same thing.

I consider it profound.

Our binary minds are much more apt to think “either-or.”

Either it’s in or it’s out.

Our minds are always separating the field into what’s good and what’s bad, what’s right and what’s wrong.

Sometimes we need to do just that…but many times we don’t.

We need to open our minds to the possibility of “both-and.”

In today’s scripture passage, Jesus’ disciples are breaking the law that prohibits working on the Sabbath by picking the heads of grain.

The Pharisees see it as a very black-or-white issue: the disciples are breaking the law.

But Jesus knows that his followers are hungry.

The law is still good as it’s meant to remind people to rest on the Sabbath.

But for Jesus…love and compassion always win out over the law.

He can both honor the law and break it when the situation calls for it.

May we all do the same.

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Transformation Needed

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Change is necessary to grow…physically and spiritually.

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Mark 2:22

“No one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”

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Martin Luther King knew that new wineskins were desperately needed.

Old structures that enabled racism needed to be replaced.

King not only spoke out about it so eloquently…he also took action.

He was a prophet.

I think that today’s scripture passage above is one of those key teachings of Jesus.

And like other key teachings, they are often the most ignored.

Jesus seems to be telling us that change is necessary because that is a part of growth.

But how often are we reluctant if not downright resistant to change!

This is true in the many areas of life…including religion.

I know that change simply for the sake of change is something to be avoided.

But is the Spirit dead?

Is God finished creating?

Is God static?

No!

It has been so freeing for me in many ways to finally let go of being stuck in old ways – and open myself to the new.

God has led me through much transformation.

And while letting go of things that at one time served me was difficult and sad, it has also brought me great joy to experience newness and a deeper Truth.

God is a vast and ever deepening mystery.

My quest to discover God has led me to a deeper knowledge of my true self.

This quest is one that will not end…not in my human life anyway!

May this quest lead each of us on a transformative journey of love, mercy, forgiveness, compassion and service!

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