Community July 26
(The Crosier) knows how to adapt and live joyfully and fruitfully with other cultures and ethnic groups (Profile of the Congolese Crosier).
At the end of his ministry, just before his death, Jesus gave his disciples a single commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34). According to Christ, it is not possible to be his friend without doing what he commands, without accepting the others whom he loves. The tendencies of our heart to separate the races, nations and tribes is very strong. It is only the great love of God in Christ that can convince us to change our hearts and to live in another way with our neighbors, whatever their origins. Every day we come together at the Eucharistic table to encounter God in Christ. We can see there all the races, nations and tribes. It is God’s plan to bring into unity all those who are dispersed because of sin. We sing, we pray, we eat at the Table without distinction of origin. Quite the contrary, each recognizes in the other the same resemblance, that of Christ. We strengthen the bond with God and with the children of God, who are all our brothers and sisters. We leave the table to live what we pray there, what we believe there. The proof of an authentic Christian faith is seen in the way we live love our neighbor in our daily lives as Christ commanded us.
Fingers are not all of the same length. (Bété)