If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
When I read this scripture, I had to read it multiple times to really get a grasp on what was being said. I never really thought before about being the same mind as Christ, and it can seem frightening. I kept thinking and turned on some calming music to help me think and I found the answer: music. We are not being asked to save the world or change our lives dramatically, we are being asked to play the same notes that Christ is playing. We are asked to share a wavelength with Christ. That wavelength is love, compassion, joy, and peace.
I recently moved back into my dorm at Fairfield University and was struggling to find a place to get my haircut. My friends and I stumbled into a salon downtown, simply looking for a quick haircut. What we got instead was refreshing. The women in the salon were so joyous and compassionate it blew us away. They asked us about how school was going and how our journey at Fairfield was going. We walked out of that salon feeling joyous and compassionate.
Now after having that experience and reading the scripture, I know how important Loving Thy Neighbor is. You are not only helping your neighbor; you are refreshing yourself and adding peace to your life. The first step we all need to achieve Loving Thy Neighbor is simple, join the same wavelength as Christ.
Dear lord, please give us the courage and strength to enter into your love and compassion. Lead us with no fear, and allow our love to be spread to all our neighbors and beyond. Amen.