If we’re united, Jesus is among us

The cornerstone of Focolare spirituality is the presence of the Risen Jesus among us in accordance with Jesus’s promise “Wherever two or more are united in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mt 18:20). This presence is priceless, far beyond any natural, artistic or human sentiments no matter how sublime.

If we are united, Jesus is among us. And this has value. It is worth more than any other treasure
that our heart may possess; more than mother, father, brothers, sisters and children.

It is worth more than our house, our work, or our property; more than the works of art in a great
city like Rome; more than our business deals; more than nature which surrounds us with flowers and
fields, the sea and the stars; more than our own soul.

It is He who, inspiring his saints with his eternal truths, leaves his mark upon every age.
This too is His hour. Not so much the hour of a saint but of Him, of Him among us, of Him living
in us as we build up — in the unity of love — his Mystical Body and the Christian community.

But we must expand Christ, make him grow in other members, become bearers of Fire like Him,
(that dissolves the human side of us into the divine which is Charity lived out). Make one of all and in all
the One.

It is then that we live the life that He gives us, moment by moment, in charity.
The basic commandment is brotherly love (see 1Pt 4:8). Everything is of value if it expresses
sincere fraternal charity. Nothing we do is of value if there is no feeling of love for our brothers and
sisters in it. For God is a Father and in his heart he has always and only his children.

Source: Centro Chiara Lubich



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