A life in communion with God is one that is also lived in communion with one another. And as John wrote in one of his letters, we cannot love God, whom we have never seen, if we do not love our brother or sister whom we have seen. We hunger for bread and the bread of life. We grow in the desire for spirituality and justice. A scriptural imagination helps us to see that bread is always more than bread, that communion is life with God and with one another. The One who feeds the multitudes feeds us also and calls us to feed others.
—Kenneth H. Carter Jr., A Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Scriptural Imagination (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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My brothers and sisters, what good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone, can it? Imagine a brother or sister who is naked and never has enough food to eat. What if one of you said, “Go in peace! Stay warm! Have a nice meal!”? What good is it if you don’t actually give them what their body needs?
—James 2:14-16 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Give us grateful hearts, our Father, for all thy mercies, and make us mindful of the needs of others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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