One of Jesus’ more intriguing images is that of the gate, the entranceway into his Father’s Kingdom. Entrance depends in large part on the practical steps we take to build the kind of unity, accord and cooperation that reflects his Father’s world.
“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” (Lk 12:34)These words of Jesus shine a light on what it is that a given society values — what it treasures most, what tops its list of things most sought after?
Recently I came across an intriguing quote from the 18th century author, Henri David Thoreau, which touched on a theme prominent in the scriptures.
After impressing on the disciples who he is and what he stands for, he declares, “whoever receives you receives me.”
Among the many obstacles thrown up at us in this time of Covid virus is “facial confusion,” the difficulty in reading the mood and disposition of the person talking to me from behind the mask.
When searching for a story’s heart, sometimes a seemingly insignificant detail turns out to be key.
You, me, all of us together are the Body of Christ.
Especially in these fractious times, how to move more toward unity rather than separation? How to help others to see past tightly held identity markers?
Yet while walking those somber corridors, St. Louise came to discover right there in the gloom a flickering light that held her on course.
We meet two people setting out on a journey, both with God in mind.
While not as central to faith as The Lord’s “doing this in remembrance of Me,” the recollecting we Vincentians do has its own way of bringing past graces into the now.
If we could video a scene catching the heart of Jesus’ message, we wouldn’t go far wrong recording something that happens during the final supper with his disciples.