"When people get together in solidarity and unity, not out of power but out of powerlessness, then Christ is in their midst." Richard Rohr: Simplicity: The freedom of letting go.
To recognize that we are without any power is a wonderful gift. No matter what title, position, or place we are in, in the end, we are all powerless. There is great freedom in recognizing our powerlessness, rather than our power to make things happen. When we know we are powerless in the final end, we have to let go of everything we thought we had control over, including our own breath, then we will live freely and happily every day. We will be kinder, and caring.
Sometimes what gives us the illusion of control and power is the money that we are hoarding and keeping aside for the rainy day. Yes, we all need to be prudent and keep things for the future, for retirement days, and for the benefit of our children. But not at the cost of being kind, generous, and self-sacrificing. It is when we let go of all that we seem to hold on to, then truly, we are free. Or else we live in an illusion of freedom, which makes us angry, upset, and disappointed when we lose control over life.
I invite you to gather to pray, to worship, to care, and to build one another. In that process, we will learn to walk each other home. Then we will be truly free!