Recently, no matter where I turn, I keep coming across the same theme. When this happens, experience has shown me that it means, ”Listen Up!” The Spirit is trying to get my attention.
Through a recent assembly, homily, and book, the theme that jumped out at me was, “The Common Good” or simply “We”.
The Assembly was conducted by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA ) in La Crosse. The focus, Encuentro – Our Journey into Oneness, was about walking toward the other, walking with the other, and walking together in mutual transformation and conversion through deep encounter or Encuentro.
At the same time, our book club was reading a book about building bridges toward relationships based on the deep belief in the inherent dignity of each person, regardless of our differences and disagreements. Each person is uniquely loved by God, no matter how different from myself.
And then I heard a homily on the parable of the Good Samaritan, the one who was considered a heretic, an outsider, rejected by the Jews, just as the Samaritans considered the Jews their enemies. Yet this Samaritan is the one who risked his safety, spent his own money, and provided care for this beaten Jew whom he suspected hated him.
Lots to ponder during these times of polarization, deep divisions, and rejection of those we consider “other”. The questions began; how to let all I was hearing move from my head to my heart? Where to even begin to acknowledge my own biases, judgments, stereotypes, and my contributions to the divisiveness all around me. The challenge seems so overwhelming! Yet, one must begin somewhere. This somewhere may be as simple as the change of the pronoun I to Us and Me to We.
– Terri Sersch