Minute Meditations

Reverence for Everything

man holding a lantern

Crossing borders and overcoming barriers, if done with love, also brings a new vision of reality that enables us to have reverence for everything that is. Francis’s early followers used to say that he used to spare lamps, lights, and candles because of the Eternal Light they brought to mind. That is a bit over the top, but that is also who St. Francis was, someone a bit over the top because of how and what he had come to see. His vision was changed so that he could see the light of God radiating from God’s creatures, even though he himself, during his last years, was for all practical purposes blind as a result of disease he contracted in Egypt where he went during the Fifth Crusade to try to bring peace and reconciliation between Christians and Muslims. Francis went to Damietta, not as a Crusade preacher to cheer on the Crusaders and their supporters, but to preach the Gospel of peace to the Crusader Cardinal Pelagius and to the Sultan, Malik al-Kamil. Then when the Crusaders dismissed him, al-Kamil received him into his camp and spoke with Francis for over two weeks, from September first to the twenty-sixth. The two men recognized in each other a desire for peace and a devotion to their mutual sacred texts, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Q’uran. Al-kamil was a devout Suni Muslim, and Francis was, of course, a devout Christian.

—from the book Surrounded by Love: Seven Teachings from Saint Francis
by Murray Bodo, OFM

Surrounded by Love by Murray Bodo


2 thoughts on “Reverence for Everything”

  1. Lord Jesus Christ, you have captured our hearts for you. Make us strong in faith, steadfast in hope, and generous in love that we may seek to please you in all things and bring you glory. May we always be watchful and ready to answer when you draw near. Amen.

  2. Peace
    Does that word have real meaning in your life? What are your exceptions? How do you view the “other?” Are you influenced by fear politics? How would you react if you heard Francis preaching today about Care of Creation – is that just Liberal dribble? How about Love Thy Neighbor, more Liberal dribble?
    If your world view is governed by What Would Jesus Do, maybe you are asking the wrong question. Consider this world view: What Did Jesus Teach Us To Do In The Gospels?

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