Today Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress. He gave quite the address and it was in English. During this talk, he covered a lot of ground and hit on many issues, but the words that most struck me were the ones about the common good.
The common good is such bedrock catholic thought . The entire Eucharist is based on the common good for all. Common. Good. All. Nourished by the meal at the Lord’s table, we are to go forth to feed and heal the world.
Easier said than done, right?
Today let us pray for one another and for ourselves that we might allow God to open us up a bit more. No single one of us, Pope Francis included, can do it all. Together however, like the bread broken, are restored and remembered in Christ and if we each offer our gifts generously, miracles are made.
Pope Francis, in complete imitation of Jesus, does not want to see factions and sides. Pope Francis has asked our elected officials, and by extension is asking us, to go beyond.
Just like the caption on the photo says:
“We must move forward together, as one, in a renewed spirit of fraternity and solidarity, cooperating generously for the common good.”
Let us pray that like flowers slowly opening before the sun, one petal at a time, we might open ourselves to the sun that is the Light of Christ. And as we unfurl, may we live out of giving and restoring, not gaining and earning for our own benefit.
If we can do this, even a little, God might have some real surprises for us all.
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