by Trudi & Thomas Mueller

The other day I was petting my son’s young cat and this powerful, ferocious hunter was purring with eyes closed and mouth open revealing dagger-like teeth. He was built to kill, but he is ever gentle to those he loves. What is his true nature? What is our true nature? During these turbulent times getting along with our “neighbors”, meaning people we share this ball of rock with is not always easy. Now try loving all of them! Even Christians who profess to be striving towards a life in Christ’s footsteps see militarism and self-defense as necessary evils that must be done to protect our way of life. There is nothing like fear to make us throw Jesus’ lofty social ideals into the wind and raise our fists for fairness and protection. Fr. Richard Rohr reminds us that we live in apocalyptic times, but contrary to the connotation this word carries, he points to its literal meaning, which is the “pulling apart of the veil”. Let’s face it, nowadays we know way more about what’s happening than we can comprehend. The veil is pulling apart and sometimes what we see scares us and the emerging emotions are not pretty. And for humans, feeling is everything. It makes little difference what is happening as long as we feel good about it. Because deep down inside we know our true nature, we were meant to dwell in peace and love.

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 22:36-40
Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Reflection Questions:
Can we trust God to guide us through the uncertainties of the change around us?
Must dwelling in love always feel good?
How much are we willing to sacrifice for adhering to our true nature?

Prayer: Dear God!  You are the power of this universe from the smallest atomic particle to the largest galaxy. We are but small manifestations of your spirit with scared and searching hearts and conflicting ideas. Please guide our way, remind us of our true nature, the God inside us to become lights in the darkness for all to see. Give us courage and strength to discern your will and trust in your wisdom. Amen.

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