We tend to think of being separate. Of course, we are unique as human persons. Each of us has unique qualities and gifts. However, we can tend to exaggerate this uniqueness and it can become individualistic. It can blur reality and feed the ego. We can tend to define distinction from others as our separate and unique self.
A child needs, of course, to understand that he or she is not just an extension of the parent. We need to be aware of our uniqueness to start off, but it is not good to just stay there.
We are, in fact, connected to the whole. We are connected to something inexhaustible and unhurtable.
Creation’s original vocation is to exist as a community of love. We exist only in relationships: with God the Creator, with our brothers and sisters, and with all of God’s creatures within our common home.
We are united as brothers and sisters on a pilgrimage together by the love of God. This love unites us with each other and with all of creation.
Genuine love is inseparable from fraternity, justice and faithfulness to others.
Sadly, there is brokenness in our relationship with God, self, others and the rest of creation.
We need healing!
God is central to this healing. We need to start with God, source of all life and goodness.
When God is missing, we tend to become the ultimate measure, and everything is seen as our property.
There is often a spirit of competitiveness, a ‘them and us’ mentality.
We need healing in our relationships; we need to recapture God’s original plan for us all.
We need a special place for the poor and the most vulnerable.
We need to help set others free from oppression and shackles.
We need to learn to listen to the earth more.
We are part of this inter-connected world, not its masters.
We can choose to be instruments of healing!