Journey to Reconciliation
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.
For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
~ Luke 11: 9-10
Often enough, Christianity is overlooked in proposals, programs or projects urging personal, social or political harmony. Might that be, because there is the belief, that the value of the Christian faith in this all-important and on-going human quest, is questionable?
Our world is diverse and interdependent. In spite of modern technology communications and global travel, we still need to build relationships leading to reconciliation. In a swell of deep longing for peace and healing in an increasingly violent and conflict ridden world, the journey to reconciliation is not one undertaken by individuals alone, but in conjunction with God’s creation … God’s eternal commitment to restoration. Such a divine gesture is both gift and invitation to all of humankind, to make the same commitment.
In 1940, in a world reminiscent of our own, Brother Roger Schutz pondered what it really meant to live a life according to the scriptures and began searching for a different expression of the Christian life. What resulted was the founding of an ecumenical, monastic order with strong devotion to peace and justice, through prayer and meditation. Now, the Taize Community has become one of the world’s most important sites for Christian pilgrimages and has a dynamic emphasis on youth. The way of living, encouraged for everyone, is abiding in the spirit of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation.
Borrowing from the liturgy, our service will incorporate many of the traditions – music, chants and prayers – from Taize Services. And, in our candlelit, sacred Circle, we will reflect on the path to reconciliation for our lives and for our world. A journey that might begin with these questions …
How does Christ knock at our door today? How can we hear his knock? How can we open the door?