In all of us there is the aspiration to live together as one human family, but that does not happen by itself, neither in a family, nor with friends, nor in our cities and towns, nor between nations.
There are situations where reconciliation is urgent. To commit ourselves to this we need to understand the fears that imprison others in prejudices; we should also realize that other people may have something against us. The Gospel calls us not to pass on resentments inherited from the past.
Can we dare to encourage encounters between people who do not share the same ideas, the same way of life or the same religion as we do? Can we get to know one another? Can we find the courage to ask for forgiveness and to forgive?
Adapted from "Four Proposals from Taizé".