In a recent post by the Center for Action and Contemplation entitled “A Concern for the Good of the World” the authors write: “A robust commitment to the common good dates to the very beginnings of our faith and is rooted in both the Old and New Testaments. The Hebrew Scriptures call readers to look beyond their own self-interest to create a just and healthy community; and the Gospels teach us to love God with all of our heart, mind, and soul, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.” Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry speaks of the specific challenges facing us today and how prayer is needed: In the United States and in the world, we have different cultures, different politics, different experiences that have shaped our beliefs. But if we can establish we’re working toward some common good, whether we like each other or not, then we can be brothers and sisters. . . . Let’s all stop worrying about whether we like each other and choose to believe instead that we’re capable of doing good together. . . .If love is your purpose . . . it was and still is the time to double down on prayer. Because prayer, real prayer, is both contemplative and active. . . . Part of that is working for a good, just, humane, and loving society. That means getting on our knees [to pray] . . . and it also means standing on our feet and marching in the streets. It means praying through participation in the life of our government and society. . . . The invitation is through fashioning a civic order that reflects goodness, justice, and compassion, and the very heart and dream of God becomes for all of God’s children and God’s creation.

Scripture Reading: Galatians 6:2
“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Reflection Questions:
What are you robust about?
How are you reflecting goodness, justice and compassion in your daily living?
Who needs help carrying their burden?

Prayer: Holy God, You invite me to look beyond myself and help build a just and healthy community. Let love be my purpose and let good occur. Amen