I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)
The crowds just couldn’t see. They could not understand what was going on before their eyes. Amidst all the secondary matters that filled their lives, they could not discern what was of primary importance. What was this matter which they woefully misinterpreted? The strength of Rome and the danger of revolutionary political movements? The rise of religious movements like the Gnostics? New philosophical worldviews arising from the Greeks? None of these?
What they could not discern amidst the signs of the times was this: the figure of Christ. They could not see how the person of Christ brought together everything they had lived for, everything they had known. They could not discern the Father speaking through the words and (more importantly) actions of His Son. They were unable to relate their existence to the new Spirit-filled existence that Christ offered. Therefore, their lives were destined to remain unchanged because their hearts were not open to change.
Our present state, at a fundamental level, is no more privileged than that of the early Christians. Yes, we have two thousand years of Christian history. But it is not possible to rest on those laurels. Christ demands that we make a consistent effort to discern his face in our daily lives. We must constantly ask ourselves how Jesus makes a difference in the way I see the world and react to it. The call of Christ rings out today with the same urgency.
—Fr. Kevin Dyer, S.J.
Lord, where will I see your face this day? Where will I pause and ask for your direction? Where do I need your grace to listen better, to focus more on giving than receiving, and to slow down so I recognize the abundant gifts in my life? And when the day draws to a close, let me answer with a bold affirmation, “Yes, because of You, I brought a little more care, a little more happiness, and a little more hope to those whose journey weaved into the framework of my day.
—Jesuit Prayer Team