Space for Others
Following Jesus does not mean slavishly
copying his life. It means making his choice of life your own, starting from your
own potential and in the place where you find yourself. It means living for the
values for which Jesus lived and died.
It means following
the path he took and seeing things as he saw them. If there is anything in which
this life, this way, can be expressed, in which God has revealed himself most
clearly, it is the reality of love. You are someone only in as far as you love,
and only what has turned to love in your life will be preserved.
love is you can learn from Jesus.
He is the one who has loved most.
teach you to put the centre of yourself outside. For no man has greater love than
he who lays down his life for his friends.
He will also teach you to be unlimited
space for others, invitation and openness: 'Come to me, all who are weary and
over-burdened, and I will give you rest.'
So be converted
to love every day. Change all your energies, all your potential, into selfless
gifts for the other person. Then you yourself will be changed from within and
through you, God's kingdom will break into the world.
are called to follow Jesus closely. With him you will take the road up to Jerusalem,
the city of suffering and glorification. With him you will give everything that
the kingdom may come.
On this road you are called to be
least of all and not master, to carry other men's burdens and not lay your own
on them, to give freedom instead of taking it, to grow poor in order to make others
rich, to take the cross upon yourself thus bringing joy to others, to die in order
that others may live.
This is the mystery of the gospel
and there is no purpose in endless talk about it.
Be silent - for it will be
true and genuine only if you practice it.
So keep Jesus
Christ before your eyes. Don't hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don't stay
where you are and don't look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies
From Rule for a new Brother
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