Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise” (Lk 10:37)

Reflection. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, whose coming we celebrate once again, we are sent out to be “other Christs”, reaching out to suffering humanity in compassion and mercy.  The words “Go and do likewise” – are addressed to each of us and each of our churches, to live out his commandment to love. Like the Good Samaritan towards the injured man, we can choose not to reject those who are different, but instead cultivate a culture of proximity and goodwill.

As parents how does Jesus’ invitation to “Go and do likewise” speak to our life? What does this call of Christ imply for our relationships with members of other churches? How can we charitably bear witness together to God’s love? As families in Christian churches when mutual trust and confidence increase, we will become more willing to reveal our wounds, including ecclesial wounds, that Christ’s love may visit and heal us through each other’s love and care. Striving together for Christian unity helps rebuild relationships, so that violence can give way to solidarity and peace.

Prayer for Unity, Families and Life.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit, the giver of life,  who makes us more open to each other, resolves conflict, and strengthens our bonds of communion. May we, families and communities, grow in mutual affection and in the desire to announce the Gospel message more faithfully, that the world may come together in unity and welcome the Prince of Peace. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.