Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.Romans 12:10
Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.Proverbs 9:9
To accept and to welcome each other as family members opens doors to see a new landscape. Once we have drawn near to each other, we gain a closer vision of what our brothers and sisters are really like, what their traditions offer, where we can learn and have learned from them. It can be surprising to find out how much influence each of us has on the other. Music, writings, ideas for mission, stories of heroic faith – all manner of treasure that has been passed from tradition to tradition in every generation.
Wise disciples, like the scribe of Matthew 13:52 (who brings out of his treasure old and new), find these treasures and rejoice that they are theirs as free gifts of the kingdom.
Lord, God of eternal glory, give us opportunities to grow closer as brothers and sisters in Christ. Open our eyes so that we can discover the treasures we have to share with each other and thus, strengthened in love and mutual respect, we continue to extend your kingdom to the honor and glory of your holy name. Amen.