Encouragement for the Journey 25 / 3 / 2012

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Encouragement for the Journey 25 / 3 / 2012

Encouragement for the Journey

Greetings Fellow Traveller,

This weekend is an opportunity to celebrate with our neighbours, what it means to belong in community with one another.

I am sure we have our own understanding about who is our neighbour. Yet, when I reflect upon the teaching of Jesus, who told the parable of the Good Samaritan in response to the question: who is my neighbour? We discover that being a neighbour is not dependent upon both being the same kind of person in terms of ethnicity, religion, social status and cultural background.

Rather, being a neighbour is showing compassion and love to the one who is very different to me, this at the heart of Jesus’ teaching.

Indeed the context of this parable is that we demonstrate our relationship with God, by how we treat our neighbours the one who is very different to us.

Loving God and loving our neighbour are mutually inseparable and inter – dependent. You cannot have one without the other.

Last year I found this poem from the Persian Poet Sa’di, for me he embraces the teaching of Jesus in his poem The Rose Garden

 Human beings are like members of one body

created from one and the same essence.

When one member feels pain,

the rest are distraught.

You, unmoved by the sufferings of others, are unworthy of the name human.

 Meanwhile Peace in the Dignity of Difference

Alf