We face each day as a recurring set of invitations; spiritual invitations are dropped in our laps every day. We are in the midst of an awesome mystery, as we face the political and economic problems created by our political leaders. Our response must be to affirm and encourage God’s works in ourselves and in those around us. We cannot respond with anger and hate. In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul states that we are each a part of the body of Christ, and we must play our part to bring the whole Christ back into being, that is into relevance on our world. Together, we can offer an alternative to the hatred being spread in our lives. We cannot heal ourselves or others by being separate; we can encourage each other’s development, understanding that they also are children of God, Loved by God, Cherished by God. That is Christ’s blessing to us, bringing our lives together, being known by each other, and being called to do God’s work.