If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.
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.
In our world right now, there seems to be nothing but chaos, division, misunderstanding, and hurt. How easy it would be to abandon hope for peace and turn away, pretending like it doesn’t exist to save ourselves from ethical and emotional turmoil. But if there is, as we hear in the first reading today, solace and encouragement in the love of our God, we will never be without hope. The light of Christ, no matter how dim to us, is always there showing us that suffering is not the be-all end-all of our world.
When you cannot see the end of the dark tunnel, turn your eyes to heaven and remind yourself to be of the same joy, mind, and heart of the Lord. Remember that what you can do: being selfless and looking out for the interests of others, is enough right now.
Lord, we want to be of one heart and mind with you, but we don’t always know how to do that. Guide our thoughts, words, and actions so that they are oriented toward you in all that we do.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
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