GOD'S GRACE of interdependence invites us to accept our own and others’ imperfections and to lean on one another and God to find our own personal healing.
Letting go of judgment does not mean we tolerate bad behavior, let criminals go free, or let down our nation’s defenses. Letting go of judgment means that we recognize our imperfections as the inspiration to affirm our common humanity with sinner and saint alike. Letting go of judgment enables us to see the divine in others, no matter their current behavior. Love joins us as we seek to respond with grace and helpfulness.
—Bruce G. Epperly, The Mystic in You: Discovering a God-Filled World (Upper Room Books, 2018)
Is it hard for you to face or admit your own imperfections?
“Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?”
—Matthew 7:3 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Peace Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
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