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Reflection for the Week


“The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it. Jesus says to his Father, ‘As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world’ (John 17:18) He makes it clear that precisely because his disciples no longer belong to the world, they can live in the world as he did: ‘I am not asking you to remove them from the world, but to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world’ (John17:15-16). Life in the Spirit of Jesus is therefore a life in which Jesus’ coming into the world-his incarnation, his death, and resurrection -is lived out by those who have entered into the same obedient relationship to the Father which marked Jesus’ own life. Having become sons and daughters as Jesus was Son, our lives become a continuation of Jesus’ mission.” ― Henri Nouwen, Making All Things New: An Invitation to the Spiritual Life

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