On this Holy Thursday, let us remember that where there is charity and love, God is there. God is always present, but in charity and love, the presence of God is made real. To love others, to serve others, to walk courageously with Christ, no matter what we face… this is our way of life.
However, we all fall asleep, get distracted, we can’t face the hardest truths, we do not always love as we have been loved. Yet, all it takes is one moment in which our avoidance, our fear, our absence all turns towards the One. A single yes uttered in a sea littered with the refuse of a lifetime of no no no can change everything. It does not have to happen in church, it might be a hello to a stranger, coffee for a homeless person, opening the door for that annoying neighbor and inviting them in instead of pretending not to be home. The charity and love of the word yes, typically a yes uttered in the face of resistance is the inbreaking of the divine.
The simple repeated chant of this Ubi caritas from Taize is a prayer for all of us. Where will charity and love be present today? The answer lies with each of us. Love one another, serve one another. May the blessings of Holy Thursday and the Triduum be with you all, may the eternal love of Christ guide us today and always.
Ubi caritas et amor,
Deus ibi est.
(Where there is charity and love,
God is there.)
But it is easier to say no, to look the other way, to pass by on the other side of the street. It takes courage to say yes. I pray: ‘God give me strength to say, yes’
Thanks for the Taize ‘Ubi caritas’. I have not heard it before but then I have not heard a great deal of Taize chant. On the other hand, my daughter who is a worship leader in her church is very much into Taize songs and worship. Thank you.Blessings.
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