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We are all in this together.


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


Mark 3:35

“For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”


Jesus was teaching a crowd inside a house when he was told that his mother and family were outside asking for him.

That’s when he told the people sitting around him that they were his mother and family, and then he stated the scripture passage above.

Jesus was definitely not putting down his family standing outside…but he was trying to make a metaphorical point.

We are all in this together.

We are all one family in God.

As Thomas Merton said in his final address to a conference of Asian monks in Calcutta shortly before his untimely death: “We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. What we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.”

We must see through the delusion of separation.

St. Paul spoke about this mystery when he said, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).

Since God is love (1 John 4:8), then doing God’s will would be to channel love in our words and actions.

This is not always easy…especially in times of conflict or where injustice is being done.

But Jesus made it quite clear: “I give you a new commandment: love one another” (John 13:34).

And if that wasn’t clear enough, he also said: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:43-44).

That is our challenge as followers of Christ.

I have to allow this challenge to change me so I can see all people as my family…even those who I don’t want to like.

Especially those people!

Only then can I be a messenger of mercy and truth to the world.


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 Amazon Music 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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