One of the “sub-themes” of the coming 400th anniversary year is welcoming the stranger in our midst on a daily basis. Is there room for people to join our cause? Listen to this Casting Crowns song.
Reflection and challenge:
Often we become close friends with those with whom we serve. That’s natural. Even Vincent suggested to the first priests and brothers of the mission that they should live “after the manner of dear friends.” But the bonds of friendship — shared lives, shared patterns, shared histories — can often serve as barriers for people to join us.
- Is our group open to the presence of new members?
- Are we open to the contributions of our newest members as a Vincentian Family?
- Do we take the time to reflect on whether or not we have created strangers in our midst?
- If we are the body, what are we doing to be open and inclusive communities?
“If We Are The Body”
It’s crowded in worship today
As she slips in trying to fade into the faces
The girl’s teasing laughter is carrying farther than they know
Farther than they know
But if we are the body
Why aren’t His arms reaching?
Why aren’t His hands healing?
Why aren’t His words teaching?
And if we are the body
Why aren’t His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
There is a way
A traveler is far away from home
He sheds his coat and quietly sinks into the back row
The weight of their judgemental glances
Tells him that his chances are better out on the road
Jesus payed much too high a price
For us to pick and choose who should come
And we are the body of Christ
Jesus is the way