“Once someone said that if, by chance, all the Gospels disappeared from the earth, Christians should be such that, just by looking at their lives, the Gospel could be rewritten.”
These words were spoken by Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare Movement.
It reminds us of the more familiar words, “see how they love one another,” authored by the North African Theologian, Tertullian (160-220), describing the words of pagans at the sight of the early Christians.
It also echoes the similar words of St. Francis of Assisi, “Preach the Gospel, and only when necessary, use words.”
These three quotes remind us that our actions ultimately reveal who we are and who we follow.
Chiara Lubich sought unity for her neighbors in her actions, taking to heart the words of Jesus “that they may all be one.”(John 17-21). Her witness and her actions started a movement that is currently over 140,000 people strong and in over 180 nations- reflecting people of all and no faith traditions.
As we live now in a time that feels more divisive by the day, God invites us to love.
So what does this love look like?
- Love in the grey of life, accepting that there is much in this life that you do not know and that you may not currently understand.
- Love in the midst of the mysteries of life, even when they hit the core of your being.
- When you do not know what to do, love. And yes, don’t forget to love yourself too.
As you reflect on your life, and its current direction, can the Gospels be rewritten by your example?
Will your life reflect the love of God, a love that accompanies neighbors and strangers.
Will your Gospel reflect the mercy, the compassion, the kindness that Jesus and all of God’s prophets and saints scripted in their words and actions.
Will the Gospel, painted by the brush strokes of your life, reveal the unconditional love that God shows us all?
Will you answer God’s prayers in others by revealing the mysterious, amazing, glorious love of our creator?