Seventh Reflection

Interwoven with each other – stay connected in a relationship

„Our world is being torn apart by wars and violence, and wounded by widespread individualism which divides human beings, setting them against one another as they pursue their own well-being. In various countries, conflicts and old divisions from the past are re-emerging. I especially ask Christians in communities throughout the world to offer a radiant and attractive witness of fraternal communion. [...]This was Jesus’ heartfelt prayer to the Father: ‘That they may all be one... in us... so that the world may believe’ (Jn 17:21). Let`s be aware of the temptation of envy! Beware of the temptation of jealousy! We are all in the same boat and headed to the same port! Let us ask for the grace to rejoice in the gifts of each, which belong to all” (Evangelii Gaudium, 99).

Everything I do or don`t do is of importance to myself and others. This is true for all people. It begins with a greeting that I give or not give, with the usage or consumption of goods and ends with my engagement for the dignity of people and the intrinsic importance of all of creation. It has to do with a networking between ecological, economic, social and individual problem fields and with the connection of so far isolated structures.

„There are other weak and defenseless beings that are frequently at the mercy of economic interests or indiscriminate exploitation. I am speaking of creation as a whole. We human beings are not only the beneficiaries but also the stewards of other creatures. Thanks to our bodies, God has joined us so closely to the world around us that we can feel the decertification of the soil almost as a physical ailment, and the extinction of a species as a painful disfigurement. Let us not leave in our wake a swath of destruction and death which will affect our own lives and those of future generations“ (Evangelii Gaudium, 215).

Just for reflection:

What does my network of relationships look like? Do I show by my behavior that the lives of others – near or far –matter to me?