Day 34- Friendship

Through Lent with Pope Francis

The Covid pandemic enabled us to recognise and appreciate once more all those around us who, in the midst of fear, responded by putting their lives on the line. We began to realise that our lives are interwoven with and sustained by ordinary people valiantly shaping the decisive events of our shared history: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, storekeepers and supermarket workers, cleaning personnel, caretakers, transport workers, men and women working to provide essential services and public safety, volunteers, priests and religious… They understood that no one is saved alone.

Frateli Tutti


1 Corinthians 12:4-13 NCB

There are different varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 
There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  
There are different forms of activity, but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.  
To each of us, the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 
To one, is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom; and to another, the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit.  Another by the same Spirit is granted faith, while still another is granted the gift of healing by the same Spirit.  
To one, is granted the gift of mighty deeds; 
to another, the gift of prophecy; and to yet another, the gift to discern spirits.
One receives the gift of tongues and another the ability to interpret them.  
One and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing them individually to each person as he wills. 
The body is one, although it has many parts; and all the parts, though many, form one body.
So it is with Christ.  For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as free, and we were all given the same Spirit to drink.

Thought for Today

We are all different, but each person a beloved child of God.

What are your gifts for the world?

Thank God for your gifts.


We are One in the Spirit – written by Peter Scholtes