Friends of The Good Shepherd,
Remember, God is with you today and every day. Look for acts of love, kindness, compassion and acceptance and you will find God’s presence.
Jesus was an agent of change in the society in which he lived. He called people to see things from a different perspective, from the perspective of the Kingdom of God. In the Kingdom of God all people are to be treated with dignity and respect. In the Kingdom of God we are to witness love and compassion for all people we encounter. In the Kingdom of God the forgotten and most vulnerable ones come first. In the Kingdom of God we are to treat others as we ourselves would want to be treated.
Often the ways of the world in which Jesus lived clashed with the ways of the Kingdom of God that he proclaimed, and so his ministry and mission called people to change their ways and align their lives to the Kingdom of God. Because change is hard for all and harder for some, Jesus’ teachings and ministry were sometimes rejected. He was seen as a radical and a threat to the status quo. But he continue his mission anyway and in so doing he transformed lives.
The ways of our world in which we live today often clash with the ways of the Kingdom of God as well. People are not always treated with dignity and respect, especially those who are different than us (whatever that difference might be). Love and compassion are sometimes in short supply. And the forgotten and most vulnerable ones continue to be pushed down by the powerful.
But there is hope. We are God’s hope for the world. Every act of love, compassion, kindness and acceptance sheds a little more of God’s light in this world. Every time we look out for the forgotten and most vulnerable ones, the light of God’s love shine brightly. Yes, we are God’s hope for the world. We are God’s hope for Wareham. We too, following the example of Jesus, can transform lives with the power of God’s love.