Solidarity

We are called to erase lines of division.

(Listen to my song “All Are One” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Hebrews 13:1-3

Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels. Be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment, and of the ill-treated as of yourselves, for you also are in the body.

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Jesus said that whatever you did for the least of these…you did for him.

When you see someone who is poor or homeless, when you see an immigrant seeking a better life, do you see Jesus?

Love should not discriminate.

Love is meant to be shared with everyone…and especially with those who cannot repay you.

One time when I took a group of teens to serve at a soup kitchen, an apparently homeless man called out to me and said, “Are you one of them?”

I asked what he meant and he said, “One of the brothers?” as he pointed behind me. There was one Franciscan brother behind me in his brown robe.

I told him that I was not…and he replied, “Oh, you look like one of them.”

I can’t tell you what a gift that was to me…as I was completely engrossed in simply serving at the time and have a great love for St. Francis.

Many of those we served each Wednesday would return each week…but that was the first and only time I saw that man.

I sometimes wonder if he was an angel with a special message for me.

Today’s scripture tells us to be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment. In other words…we share in their humanity.

We are all one in the body of Christ.

If I had been less fortunate in the circumstances of my life…I could very well be that prisoner or that homeless person…or that person who is ill-treated.

May we all awaken to our oneness in God…in whom 
we “live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

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Listen to the song of the day “All Are One” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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