Easter, Day 25
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“The community of the living is the carriage of the Lord.” —Hasidic Proverb
Where there is so little love that our essential unity is torn asunder, we must love more. The less love there is around us, the more we need to love to make up the lack.
A man once came to Rabbi Israel, the Ba’al Shem Tov, and said, “My son is estranged from God; what shall I do?” The rabbi replied simply, “Love him more.”
Love him more. Make his happiness more important than your own. This was my grandmother’s approach to every problem, and I know of no more effective or artistic or satisfying way to realize the unity of life in the world today. It is an approach to life in which everything blossoms, everything comes to fruition. Where there is love, everything follows. To love is to know, is to act; all other paths to Self-realization are united in the way of love. (WLB)
As you begin your day, spend a few moments in silence and stillness. As you do, pay careful attention to your breath. As it goes in and out, notice how you are able adjust its depth and frequency, but that the breathing itself happens out of a need for, and in response to Life itself.
God, move toward us so that we may move toward each other. Help us to recognize that the way you come to us is also our way to each other, through the power of your Spirit. Amen. (CAC)
Reading: John 10
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.
As your day draws to a close, spend few moments in silence and stillness. As you do, recall any words or phrases that stood out to you from the passage that you just read. Speak them aloud if you wish.
• for governments, world leaders, and the needs of our world
• for the people of South America
• for those in prison
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Beginning on Easter Day and concluding on the Day of Pentecost, this season celebrates the resurrection and ascension of Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.