Pope Francis’ speech during his meeting with other world religious leaders yesterday lead me to contemplation. I was especially moved with these words from him, “We feel close to all who, despite being from other traditions and religions, feel the desire to look for truth, beauty and goodness.” It somehow made me realize that despite all the differences we have –Christians of varying denominations–we all are rooted and united in Jesus Christ.
We may differ in some of our practices and beliefs, but we have one model for our faith. We all share one source of salvation, and we are all Christians. Although I do find it necessary to share my views according to my own Catholic faith, I believe that Jesus would not want me to do so in a way that would make others feel insulted or belittled.
As the Apostle Paul counseled, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Col. 4:5-6