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Love greater than fear

Scripture:

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." 1 John 4:18

"When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."1 Cor. 13:13

Reflection:

Today I share part of a reflection by Fr. Richard Rohr, Franciscan leader and teacher.

“We are in the midst of a highly teachable moment. There’s no doubt that this period will be referred to for the rest of our lifetimes. We have a chance to go deep, and to go broad. Globally, we’re in this together. Depth is being forced on us by great suffering, which as I like to say, always leads to great love.

What is going to happen to those living in isolated places or for those who don’t have health care? Imagine the fragility of the most marginalized, of people in prisons, the homeless, or even the people performing necessary services, such as ambulance drivers, nurses, and doctors, risking their lives to keep society together?"

We at SOCS have a great opportunity in this fearful time. Let’s acknowledge that we may be afraid. Let’s admit that some of us are fighting anxiety more than usual. However, we can pray and work to make sure our demonstrations of love toward each other and our neighbors overcomes our fearfulness and anxiety. Yes, let’s care for ourselves! At the same time, let's get beyond ourselves—and honor 1 John 4 and 1 Cor.

Prayer:

O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all human beings. Help us become a community that shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world, for our national, state and local leaders, for our health care workers, for our teachers and parents, for our board members, and for all those on the front lines of this battle. Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in your holy name. (inspired by Fr. Rohr)

 

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