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May-World day for Cultural diversity for dialogue and development

1 Corinthians 12:12-14 New International Version

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.  Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

Reflection-Outreach Coordinator Lynn McWilliams

Often, we seem to be pre-occupied with uniformity. And yet, it is one of the universally accepted truths that life would be pretty boring, if everything and everyone was the same. The Theologians of the Middle Ages had a wonderful insight into this. They realised that God’s perfection is reflected through multiplicity, that is through the difference that is made manifest in the created world.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if each of us got up every morning and decided to learn something about another religion, culture or country? Wouldn’t it be even better, if each time we meet someone who is in some way different from us, if we were to sit down with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine (depending on the culture) and had a nice long chat about what is important to us, our deepest fears and our most amazing dreams.

We have the ability to look for and see the spark of the divine that is in each person and the delight that God takes in each of his creatures. However, we also have the freedom to reject, alienate and persecute those who are different. If we do this, we are the ones who lose out, because God LOVES diversity.

Prayer

God loves diversity!

Lord God, You have created a rainbow world.
A world with diverse races and religions.
A world with different foods and traditions.
A world of dance and storytelling.
Cultures to be explored and shared.
Craftsmanship, architecture, music that are the treasures of the human race.

Lord, give us the wisdom to see the spark of the divine in all people, to learn that you take delight in our diversity. Teach us to treasure the uniqueness of all our fellow humans and to find common ground even in the times when we disagree or see things from different perspectives.

Help us to see and celebrate the rainbow world that you have created through the prism of your love.

Amen