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Monthly Motto March

“Be the voice of the truth”

Bible: 1 John 3,18

“Let us not love with words nor with tongues, but with deeds and with truth.”

Impulse

Was something ever on your mind and you did not know how to tell the other? To tell the truth without hurting or shaming my counterpart can sometimes be a real tightrope walk. Then it may be good to keep telling yourself that “truth” and “love” belong together. Truth without love is cold and hurtful, love without truth is not sincere. This is also a basic message of the gospel. It depends on the attitude: when we start to take the other person seriously and meet him sincerely and lovingly, then we as a community can also create a new and better reality in which love and truth have their place and where every human being can grow. Then, we may also learn what the Bible elsewhere says, “The truth will set you free.” (John 8: 32) Then we can constructively address the “great” truths, such as pressing social injustices or ecological problems.  If this is not a good intention for the preperation for Easter: give the truth a voice – but in love!

Jakob Ohm

YouTube Video “Voz de la Verdad” by GenVerde

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Monthly Motto February’ 19

„Break the chain!“

Holy Scripture: John 4, 16-18

„We have recognized and faithfully accepted the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever stays in love stays in God and God stays in him. … Fear does not exist in love, but perfect love dispels fear.“

Impulse:
Freedom – what a big word! Many people say freedom is the most important thing in life. But what does it really mean to be “free”? I think it means more than just doing and letting what you want. It also means more than having as much free time – as tempting as that may be. Maybe we have to first recognize what makes us unfree: if I see my neighbor as a rival or as a threat, then that binds me like a chain. So we are invited to change our view of the Other and do and wish him good. This will dissolve the inner blocks of fear and anger. So freedom gets a much deeper meaning. God then gives us freedom that comes from within and radiates outwards. I can then say to others: “I do not fear you, because I love you!”. That’s the look that God has on us. We are invited to recognize this and to do the same. So we can do it, as Gen Verde sings: “Break the Chain!”

Jakob Ohm

YouTube Video “Break the Chain” by Gen Verde

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Monthly motto January’19

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“Start Now!”

Holy Scripture: Mt 25,35-36

“Because I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger and homeless and you took me in; I was naked and you gave me clothes; I was ill and you visited me; I was in jail and you came to me.“

Impulse:

The beginning of a new year is always the time of good intentions. Everyone knows it: you set high goals but after a few weeks you hardly remember it. Perhaps this is because these goals are often not really concrete or exaggerated by an ideal state in the distant future. Then, at the end of the year, the question arises again and again: what has actually remained of my great plans and new years resolutions?

The Bible gives us a great guide to changes that begin in the Here and Now and that really count in the end. Maybe someday it will happen to us like to the listeners of Jesus, who did not realize that through these concrete acts of charity they can meet Himself. But we can count on these actions to make the big difference in the end. So we should do it concretely and start to approach all people with love and mercy again and again: Start Now!

Jakob Ohm