We are One in the Lord

Reflection for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Board Member, Sr. Maryann Mueller.

This reflection was originally posted in our July 13th newsletter.

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Our readings this Sunday assure us that we will always have the one thing we cannot live without, a relationship with God. (Eph 2: 18) God is always willing to be there with us “so that they need no longer fear and tremble.” (Jer. 23:4) In the Gospel, Saint Mark writes that Jesus “saw the vast crowd and his heart was moved with pity for them.” (Mk. 6:34)

 

Like a Good Shepherd, God will always support us when we try to live in harmony with creation, when we attempt to interact with all creatures in peace and nonviolence. “For God is our peace… and came to preach peace.” (Eph. 2:17) Only when we perceive another human being as “other,” different and separated from us, of little or no intrinsic value, can we discriminate against or oppress or attempt to destroy someone by words or actions. Likewise, only when we feel separate from Earth and all life on it, when we deny the fundamental interconnectedness of all living things, can we act in ways that lead to the extinction of hundreds of creatures each day and that pollute and destroy God’s creation.

 

Saint Paul speaks of Christ who “broke down the dividing wall of enmity.” (Eph. 2:14) God “created in himself one new person in place of the two, thus creating peace.” (Eph. 2:15) Was Paul trying to tell us that we are more alike with all of creation than we are different? Advances in genetics in the past 50 years have established that any two human beings share about 99.9 percent of their DNA. So, each person on earth shares 99.9 percent of their DNA with the incarnated Christ! Humans also share about 70 percent of their DNA with trees, 99 percent with mice, and not only share some DNA with all living creatures but share basic elements, hydrogen and oxygen for example, with all of creation. As Saint Bonaventure taught, all of creation is sanctified because of the Incarnation of Christ.

 

Pope Francis’ encyclical invites us to see how we are interwoven into the wholeness of all of creation. As we attempt in our small ways to sustain God’s creation let us remember that the God whose “heart was moved with pity for them” is with us.

 

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.” – Pope Francis, Laudato Si

 

Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF

FAN Board Member

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