Our theme this month is “Loving Our Neighbor.” I felt this theme was important and timely for several reasons. First, we are now only one month away from the 2016 presidential election, and it seems this is the most contentious election we have ever faced. The campaign is breeding distrust and conflict between neighbors, friends, coworkers, and even family members. More than ever, we need to be reminded of The Great Commandment: to love God with our heart, mind, soul, and body, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. More than ever, we need to follow this commandment. At the same time, our communities, our nation, and our world are becoming increasingly diverse. We are confronted with refugees, undocumented workers, people of other races and backgrounds, people who differ from us in religion, gender, ability, sexuality, economic class, etc. I pray the daily meditations this month will help us consider who our neighbor is and how God is calling us to love and serve that person. If we can each take time to do this, perhaps we can lead our nation and world to Peace.
Using one meditation each day. Repeat the meditation with each breath, or using your prayer beads.
As you repeat it, notice what you feel and think.
What can that tell you about how you can be a good neighbor
We are focusing first on The Great Commandment. God commands us to love God with our entire being (heart, mind, body, and soul) and to love our neighbors as ourselves.