We start our Retreat today on the theme « Living in Creative Fidelity ».
To live out our commitment is part of the essence of being human, and it is also an integral part of our Christian identity. It is a concrete response to our own calling; it invites us to keep awake; to being attentive and ever-
We begin with a story told a long time ago. A fight broke out among all the colours that existed in the world. Each one of them proclaimed that it was the most important, the most useful, and the favourite. Each one of them talked about its presence in creation. The tone of the discussion got more heated. Lightning flashed and it started to rain. The colours started to curl up with fear. So the rain said: Don’t you know that God made you all special and unique: each of you has a different purpose. He loves you all. Take one another’s hands and come with me, God wishes to spread you throughout the world in a huge coloured rainbow as a reminder of his love. The fact that you can live together in peace, is a promise that God is with you and it is a sign of hope for tomorrow.
All that is in the universe is a proof of so many different relations. Nothing is the same; however, this variety of differences produces harmony. It is as if all creation is focussed on creating communion. And its Creator is communion.
Indeed this communion is experienced inside the Trinitarian community. Father-
All things created always reflect their Creator. We can see this in artistic expressions and we can also sense it when we contemplate Creation.
I invite you to contemplate one aspect of Earth’s community: flower, bird, stone… and its interrelationship within the created world.
If the cosmos is the place where everything is interrelated, whatever favours or threatens the harmony of somebody or something, affects all creation. That is why it is important to live inclusive and caring relationships. We can then welcome the richness of another person’s way of being and value each one’s uniqueness. Each element of creation can bring something to my life; a person, a tree, a stone, water, earth, etc. What the other can bring to my life, nobody else can give to me and if it were not there, my life would be incomplete. My relationships with others however, must be based on mutual care and the common good and not because of what they bring to my life. We are made to live in communion. Jesus said: « And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one » (Jn 17: 22)
God’s essence is communion. God created us in a process of interrelationships. This understanding of creation was very well integrated in some indigenous cultures in the past. The work of Creation is the unity of diversity, where all life co-
What is making us one? God makes us one; God who lives in creation and continuously recreates it. As Saint John Eudes said : God created the world, not only once, but an infinite number of times, that is, as many times as there have been moments of time in the thousands of years since the world was created. At every successive moment, God continually preserves it, for preservation is a perpetual creation …
…." So God created the world for love of each person and in every moment preserves it for each person with infinite love".
Jesus wants us to live together in harmony, like a family. In many Gospel scenes we can see him being inclusive of women and men, for example: (Mt 4:18f; 9 : 10-
This enlarged family is not a closed circle; it is open to communion with all. What makes us one is the desire to do the will of the Father (Lk 10:21). It is not a hierarchically structured family, but rather a family with relationships of equality: «If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all. » (Mk 9:35). Equality between all and service to those in need are no doubt the two aspects that Jesus values most in living in
How do I live my commitment in communion with all creation?
Referring to the Gospel, what changes do I need to make to feel "part of "and live within the Earth community?
What steps should I take to be more inclusive in my relationships?
In her struggle to set up the Generalate, Mary Euphrasia is an example of a woman who wanted to live in communion in a broad sense. She was looking for a connection between all the communities she founded. "Do you know what upholds our Institute and gives it such strength? It is the union between us, it is obedience; in a word, it is the spirit of unity." You did well to remind me of the times when together, we will, with the help of God, do more work and more good.. "Peace, charity, union and salvation: above all these are our projects."
Slowly read Psalm 148.
More than thirty categories of uniquely created beings are united in praising the Lord. Join them and praise the Lord with them.
You might like to write your own Psalm of Praise to the Lord.
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