In the early church, near the end of the first century when Luke was written, we see persecution, hunger, poverty, pain, and sorrow are part of the human experience. (Lk 6:20-26) As we see the same for today how do we look inside ourselves to see if these realities of life around us bring us closer to God, closer to understanding the Universal Christ, closer to understanding what Thomas Merton calls “JOIN IN THE GENERAL DANCE”
Reflecting early this morning, after listening to the news I reached for my little notebook of ‘sayings‘ I have accumulated over the years, and this saying struck me. Maybe it had more to do with the news of the day…it is in each other and the ‘things’ around us we see the Universal Christ.
Bonhoeffer, I think got it:
“Don’t insist on your rights, don’t blame each other, don’t judge or condemn each other, don’t find fault with each other, but accept each other as you are, and forgive each other every day from the bottom of your hearts.” ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison
I think our experiences in this life helps us to focus, to deepen our understanding of our search for meeting the living God the Significant Other in our lives, and all of what we read, think and write are a means to influence our journey.