by Sister Mary Kabat
I often find myself humming songs I hear during the day or songs from my past. When I prayed the Scripture readings for this Sunday, a song came from out of my past, way back from high school!
What the world needs now is love, sweet love ... no not just for some but for everyone.
That song from Burt Bacharach would probably not appeal to people today, but its message is still sorely needed. In all three Scripture readings this Sunday, our loving God challenges us to open our hearts as wide for others as His heart is opened wide for you and me and for every one of His children who are so precious to Him. God is asking us to open our hearts as a loving parent and to see all persons as a beloved sister and brother. In other words, as St. Paul writes in the Letter to the Philippians, "complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart ... have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus." Phil 2: 2, 5
So when the car ahead of me is going more slowly than I would like, I imagine that my elderly Dad is driving that car and I become much more patient. When someone does something that irritates me, I imagine that person is my sister whom I dearly love, and the irritation disappears. When I am angry about something not so really important, I imagine that I am adding more anger to our world already overfilled with intolerance, hate and violence and my heart with God's grace begins to soften.
Dear Loving God, make our minds and hearts more and more like yours.
Loved the reflection about putting a father or sister in the picture when the temper ignites. I have those feelings many times in the xcourse of the day especially on the road.
God Bless and glad to see you're writing again. We will keep you in our prayers.
Thanks Sister. I always liked that song too. What the world needs now is love. How true!
Inspiring reflection, Sister Mary.
Mary, what a powerful message. Your thoughts really made me think of that person driving 10 miles an hour & you are so right we don't need anymore anger in our world. Thank you
Mary, I so love the way you incorporate the Scriptures into everyday life...and everyday experiences we can all relate with. Thanks for your inspiration fran