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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

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Monthly Motto December’19

“Be a light for your city!”

Holy Scripture: Jer 29,7

„Seek the common good of the city to which I have guided you and prayfor it. Because in the well-being of the city is also your well-being.” (Jer 29,7)

Impulse:

Imagine, you have a guest and want to show him your city. Where would you start and where would you go with him? You will probably immediately know a few places where you like to be and which are good to show. Surely there are also places you would rather avoid: a dirty river, a ruined block house, a dark alley … These “dark sides” of the city are often a place of hopelessness. To avoid them seems at first to be a natural reflex. But what if we see them as a challenge that we can creatively shape, looking for like-minded people, and making those places a little more liveable? We then not only change the atmosphere in our environment, but also give hope to the people who live there. We are invited to take responsibility for our living space and to be a light to all who live on the dark side of ourc ities.

Jakob Ohm