April 15, 2022

A Reflection from the Interpath Traditions
by Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
As the Jewish Community begins the blessed season of Passover, we pause to reflect on the most important questions facing us today as citizens of the World and members of the human family.
The Passover proclaims and remembers the story of the liberation from the tyranny of slavery and oppression. Today we might ask ourselves what it means to be free. The Torah sees freedom in terms of responsibility. If God has liberated us, we are called to live in the image and likeness of God. We ought to live as people who cause no harm. We pray that this night will be different from all other nights as we dedicate ourselves anew to the cause of liberation of the oppressed. We are never so free as when we choose to care for another person. Freedom is not a choice between good and evil. True freedom seeks what is best for self and others.
As Muslims observe Ramadan and Jews celebrate Passover, Christians gather to remember the self-giving of Jesus. In this time of Holy Convergence, may we find peace in our hearts so we may be kind and respectful to one another.
Our three faiths, born of Abraham’s heart, reach out in love to all the World. May we hear the Word of God in our hearts. May we taste the bitterness of other people’s affliction and come to their rescue. May we not be afraid to give of ourselves in good times and bad. May we live our lives as persons of forgiveness and peace.
We commit ourselves to praying for all oppressors every-where. May they soon have a Divine revelation so the anger and fear in their hearts might become understanding and compassion. We commit ourselves to work for the freedom and liberation of all oppressed people. May our gracious deeds transform the Earth. We commit ourselves to being people of radical self-giving. Let us open our arms to embrace the lowly and the poor.
Blessings to you, Holy Community, as you open your hearts once more to bless the World with your self-giving love and understanding.