Monday, March 31, 2014

Collaboration with God

This week's theme is Collaboration.  To collaborate is to work jointly on an activity, especially to produce or create something. Interestingly it is the not so new buzz word around in terms of management styles and working with others.  The synonyms are interesting as well, co-operate, join forces, team up, band together, work together, participate, combine, ally.

If one takes to heart the words of Teresa of Avila: "Christ has no body but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world," then whether we think ourselves worthy or not we are called by name to be in collaboration with God to transform our world.

Knowing that God loves you, feeling it, sensing it, relying upon it, that is not all there is. It is not sufficient that God's love enrich just our lives or ease just our troubles. There is an active component to God's love, our actions. We, each of us, is a unique and active part in opening the eyes of the world to God's love. Will you participate, will you collaborate in the creation of this transformed world? 

Jesus asks Peter at the end of the Gospel of John: "Do you love me?" When Peter responds "yes" Jesus says: "Feed my sheep." "Tend my flock." "Feed my lambs." 

Jesus asks each of us: "Do you love me?" As we respond "yes" know that we love God through our actions, collaborating with God to share His love.

What opportunities will come into your world this week? How will you collaborate with God and bless the world?

Today's Reading: John 13:21-38 

Jesus Foretells His Betrayal
21 After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. 23 One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; 24 Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25 So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. 27 After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” 28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. 29 Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. 30 So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.
The New Commandment
31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32 If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33 Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial

36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward.” 37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.

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