Daily Meditation for January 3, 2020

On the way to their Catholic church on Sunday, a child reported learning in school that only Catholics have the true church, and only Catholics can receive communion. It sounded like a quarrel on the playground. My church is better than your church. My dad can beat your dad! Since Vatican II, churches are more ready to accept dialogue and cooperation between different religions and experience less tribalism. The word “interfaith” describes an interaction between people of different religions. But it is more than that. It is about understanding our differences, also recognizing our similarities and working together for peace, as Jesus would do. Many people find that their friendships with people in other traditions strengthen their own understanding and respect for their own tradition. We each treasure our own faith traditions and realize what it means to our lives.

By Kathryn Casper, OSB