*pictured above: some of my favorite ladies at church hanging out and catching up with each other
Today’s word from Jean Vanier…
True unity cannot be achieved in a family or community which denies difference, and behaves as if everyone should be the same and think in the same way.
Unity is achieved when each member of the body is different and contributes a different gift, but all are united around the same goal by mutual love.
There are schools and institutions which develop our minds, but communities and families are the schools of the heart—of love and of faithfulness to others. These schools teach us to be more open to others, especially to those who are different from ourselves, as well as helping us to learn about forgiveness and love.
There is a disorder when we are prejudiced, when we make errors of judgment about others, when we are incapable of forgiving, of listening to and welcoming strangers. We die inwardly when we shut ourselves off behind the walls that protect us. Life ceases to flow. We no longer give life to those around us.
The next time you put on a dinner, don’t just invite your friends and family and rich neighbors, the kind of people who will return the favor. Invite some people who never get invited out, the misfits from the wrong side of the tracks. You’ll be—and experience—a blessing. —Luke 14.12-13