Facing One Another

by Mark Votava


Not very many people have showed me that my grace and reconciliation toward others is how I can learn to practice the things that Jesus taught.  This is something that I am learning deep within myself.  I must open myself to an interior journey of wisdom.

•  The difficulty of facing one another

Why is it so hard to face one another in life?  We like to hide.  We do not like to be in relationship a lot of the time.  Yet the communal imagination is calling us to be in relationship with one another learning how to face one another without the many fears that plague us.

•  Running away is easier than running towards

We like to run from one another because it is easier than running towards one another.  But this is not what the body of Christ is called to in our local context.  We will need to learn how to face those we live with and not back away from grace.  Grace will show us how to do this.

•  The imagination for something more creative

We need to have the imagination for something more creative than relationships that are ego-centered and dysfunctional.  This is the context for belonging.  God has given us so much more that has still to be discovered in the parish.  We need one another to teach us grace.

•  Living in a constant state of reconciliation

We are called to live in a state of constant reconciliation with others in everyday life.  This is so important if we are to become an expression of grace together.  Grace and reconciliation are intertwined into a constant living reality through the difficult work of living together in the parish.  We have to see the need and the provision that God has given to us by his own grace.

•  Our grace could bring healing to our relationships

The body of Christ will become the living expression of grace and reconciliation as we live into the communal imagination.  When we can live in grace, then we can face one another in life.  This will bring healing to our relationships.  This healing in turn will help cultivate our sustainability in the place we live.

•  Embodying reconciliation and grace

“And he has committed us to the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us …”  (2 Corinthians 5:19-20). We need reconciliation and grace to be able to face one another without fear.

•  Christ living through us

This is how we become Christ’s ambassadors.  This is how we represent the communal imagination among us.  This is how Christ lives through us in the parish.

•  Drenching our relationships with grace

Our spirituality has everything to do with facing one another through relationship.  All our relationships should become drenched with grace.  Grace is the way we are to be in relationship with one another.  How can we face one another in any other way?

How have you practiced grace toward others?