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May 22 – Compassion’s Web

In place of these, be kind to one another, compassionate and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ. (Ephesians 4:32)

In the intricate web of an Australian rainforest, countless species are interwoven in a delicate dance of interdependence. From the towering eucalyptus to the tiny tree frog, each plays a vital role in maintaining the ecosystem’s balance.

This interconnectedness mirrors the Franciscan understanding of compassion as a unifying force that binds all of creation together. Just as every creature in the rainforest is essential to the whole, so too is each person an integral part of the human family, deserving of kindness and forgiveness. By extending compassion to others, we strengthen the bonds that connect us, creating a tapestry of mutual care and support. In this way, we embody the love and grace of Christ, who forgave and called us to live in harmony with one another and with all of creation.

Reflection:

1. How can I cultivate a deeper sense of compassion for those around me, recognising our shared humanity and interconnectedness?

2. In what ways can I practice forgiveness, both for others and for myself, as a means of fostering greater unity and understanding?

Prayer:

Divine Source of Compassion, help me to see the world through the lens of kinship, recognising the sacred thread that weaves us all together. May I extend kindness and forgiveness freely, just as I have received these gifts from You.

 

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